Plea For Help After Mentally Ill Jason Rabe Went Missing

The 26-year-old ran away from Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria West and was reported missing on April 3.

Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria West. picture from eNCA

It has been approximately three weeks since mentally ill Jason Rabe went missing from Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria West.

The 26-year-old ran away from Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria West and was reported missing on April 3.

The last person Rabe spoke to was the hospital’s ward manager, who was on duty late at night and early in the morning, founder of Without a Trace Foundation Florien Deysel, who is investigating the case, said.

Deysel said it was reported that Rabe used the window to escape as it was not burglar-proofed.

Nobody is aware of the reason why he ran away.

It was also unclear what he was wearing when he escaped, she added.

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“I am in close contact with his father who I spoke to this morning. He is very worried about his son.”

“He seems like a generally strong man, however, he is deeply concerned. He has been sending emails back and forth to the hospital and the security looking for answers,” she said yesterday.

This was not the first time Rabe had escaped, when he was a teenager he ran away from home and was found in Durban, and had been obsessed with going there again, Deysel stated.

There was a possibility that he was in Durban already, or was on his way there, she added.

She added that with the country under lockdown, she was scared he might have been taken in by the SANDF as they take people who are found roaming around the streets.

“He now has this thing that he must be in Durban, but due to his mental health problems he is needed back at the facility.”

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“He also might be at one of the shelters, so if the public can just keep an eye open, especially the shelter owners, if they can screen through the people they have there we would appreciate it,” she said.

Rabe has brown hair with grey-green eyes and has an ear piercing on his right ear and a tribal tattoo on his upper right arm, she described him.

Anyone who might have information about his whereabouts can contact 0611233767.

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