Missing Durban North teenager Kaylene Lewis, was found at a house in Malvern on Wednesday at 8.30 pm after detectives received a tip off.
Kaylene had been been missing for 10 days. She was last seen by her father Quinton, at around midnight on 19 May.
Spokesman for Durban North police station, Lt Raymond Deokaran, said Durban North detectives Vis Moodley and Michael Chetty were in Pinetown when they received a call to say 14-year-old Kaylene was at a house in Malvern.
The detectives, accompanied by Cpt Jeremy Martins of the Organised Crime Unit and another member from the Crime Intelligence Unit who cannot be named, visited the address.
“The mother of the suspect came to the gate, and when questioned about the whereabouts of her son, said he was home. She admitted there was a girl at the house but claimed she didn’t know who she was,” said Deokaran.
Police entered the house where the suspect, a 35-year-old white man, was found.
“The suspect said Kaylene had run into the road. After a search of the surrounding areas, she was found hiding under some bushes where the suspect had apparently told her to wait,” said Deokaran.
Kaylene was taken to Durban North police station where the Durban North/Umhlanga Crisis Team interviewed her about the ordeal.
“She seemed to have met the suspect on Facebook and they communicated via Facebook and telephone,” explained Deokaran. “She appears to be healthy and fine.”
He said Kaylene had appeared ‘relieved’ when she saw the police however, both Kaylene and the suspect denied knowing there was a provincial-wide search for her.