The body of Duncan Allan, the third-year BCom student who has been misssing for three weeks, was discovered in his car in a field parked on the outskirts of Kempton Park on Tuesday 9 August. Upon inspection of the vehicle and its contents, police collected evidence suggesting suicide with no signs of foul play. Duncan was found in the driver’s seat of his car with his cellphone, wallet and bible in his hands.
Further inspection of the vehicle revealed a hosepipe connected to the car exhaust that ran towards the passenger seat window.
Brooklyn SAPS spokesperson, Warrant Officer Annabelle Middleton, said Allan was found by a farm worker who was cutting down trees in the area where Duncan had parked his car. The farm worker alerted the police in Welbekend. Middleton added that the delayed discovery was due to Allan’s car being parked on a very isolated piece of land surrounded by farm area. “No evidence of foul play has been discovered [nor] a suicide note,” said Middleton. “Mr Allan was found at about 8am. His decomposed body points to him having committed suicide at the time he was reported missing. We have opened an inquest docket.”
The search for Allan lasted three weeks and news of his disappearance swept through social networks, newspapers and television. A torrent of messages of support and condolences have reached the Allan family on Duncan’s Facebook profile. A Facebook group started to help find Allan had more than 14 500 members on Tuesday night, many of whom sent condolences to the Allan family.
Duncan’s father, Tim Allan, has asked for privacy in order for his family to mourn their loss. Scott Wesselo, a close friend of Duncan, shared his feelings of shock and disbelief about the news, “Duncan was an incredible human being as well as a loyal friend and it was a privilege to have known him.”
Charl Oberholzer, SRC chairperson, said, “as president of the SRC I want to offer my condolences on behalf of the SRC and the student community to Duncan’s family, friends and everyone who came into contact with him. I am sure that every student who knew him misses him and that the footprints he left at the University of Pretoria, Olienhout and in student governance structures will last forever.”