Parents of Natacha search in Peru for missing daughter: “People know something, but are afraid to speak”

According to Eric and Sabine de Crombrugghe from Linkebeek, who are looking for their missing daughter Natacha in Peru, the local population knows more about the disappearance of the 28-year-old tourist, but they do not dare to talk out of distrust of the police. That’s what they say at Sudpresse.

jvhBron: Sudpresse

Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 11:17 am

Natacha de Crombrugghe disappeared on January 24 in the Cabanaconde-Colca Canyon, in southern Peru. After 3.5 months of searching, there is still no trace of her. Her parents, Eric and Sabine de Crombrugghe, traveled to the area again in early April, offering a $15,000 reward to anyone who can provide information to help locate their daughter.

“The local police are waiting for our daughter’s body to be found so that they can open a criminal investigation,” said the woman’s parents. “We would rather see them work the other way around: that they first investigate, possibly to find Natacha alive. We hope to find her as soon as possible, but for that we need a clue: some information, someone who speaks and puts us on the right track. But it seems that people are afraid to speak.”

“People should know something. The day before her trek, Natacha had to go buy food and drink and ask for information about the route to take in the canyon. There are many rumours, but they do not talk. In this village of 1,500 inhabitants, few people trust the police. Some may fear retaliation, or come forward now. They may be afraid they will be suspected because they didn’t testify right away.”

That’s why the woman’s parents now go door to door trying to convince people. “But there are days when we crack. When that happens, we cheer each other up. But it is mainly by staying in action that we persevere. We are not stopping.”