Search Intensifies for Missing Man on Table Mountain as Cold Front Approaches

Cape Town volunteers and rescue personnel are scouring Table Mountain, South Africa, today in a desperate search for 36-year-old Ken Stephen who went missing during a solo run or hike on Monday. An overwhelming number of volunteers answered calls for assistance today in finding Ken before overnight conditions become too unbearable.
UPDATE: Sadly Ken Stephen’s body has been found.

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Locals have rushed to volunteer to help in searching for Ken Stephen, who was last seen on Monday. Photo: Ed Robbins

As temperatures plummet in Cape Town and the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warns of an intense Cold Front due to make landfall in the Western Cape on Friday morning, fears for Ken’s wellbeing are increasing.

He went out in only shorts and a T-shirt. SAWS has said that the cold front will bring “heavy rain, flooding, gale force winds and snowfall on the high lying areas” in the Western Cape.

The popular trail runner had apparently gone out at around 14h30/15h30 on Monday. His car has been found parked outside Platteklip, but his phone (which is turned off) was last located quite a distance away, near Nettleton Road. According to Trailwp, the routes often run are Tafelberg Road and contour paths towards Devil’s Peak.


There is speculation Ken may have become disoriented and fallen. At this stage foul play is not suspected.

Search & Rescue have been searching for the missing man since Monday, but so far there has been no sighting by helicopter or on the ground. This morning at 08h30 Search & Rescue was overwhelmed with a large throng of volunteers, after a call to assist.

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Several vehicles can be seen today at 13h00, parked on Devil’s Peak road (which is usually closed) and a helicopter in the foreground, as rescue parties search for missing 36-year-old, Ken Stephen.

According to a volunteer, waiting at the lower cable station to be deployed, there are search groups going out every six hours, through the night too. Groups are being co-ordinated into teams of eight with a leader to search off the main paths.

If you would like to volunteer to find missing Ken Stephen:

(This information has been removed as the missing man’s body has been found on Table Mountain.)

A photo of Ken (right) taken before he went out on Monday:

Ken Stephen, 36 years old, trail runner went for a run at 14:30/15:30. Car parked outside platteklip. Routes often run…

Posted by Trailwp on Tuesday, July 7, 2020