Missing Fleming found in Bosnia

A 23-year-old man from Zaventem in Flemish Brabant that had been missing for more than a week in Bosnia has been found save and well. Gert-Jan Dobbelaere’s family had raised the alarm after he had failed to contact them for well over a week. He was on a motoring holiday in the Balkans and had last been seen in Bosnia on 29 July.  

Now almost a fortnight of worry is over for Gert-Jan Dobbelaere’s family. In a Facebook post they have announced that the 23-year-old is alright. “We have received a message from Bosnia telling us that he is ok. We don’t know very much for the moment, but he will be back home with us very soon. Thank you to everyone that has helped”.

Gert-Jan Dobbelaere left home on 18 July in his Volkswagen Polo car for a road trip through Europe. After having visited Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, he visited Croatia. He called his family from Dubrovnik on 27 July. That was the last time they heard from, although he was reportedly seen two days later in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

He was due to be back home on 31 July. The Halle-Vilvoorde Judicial Authorities opened a missing person’s investigation and Child Focus, Interpol and the Federal Police Missing Persons’ Cell were involved in the efforts to locate the missing 23-year-old.

On Thursday night it was announced that Gert-Jan Dobbelaere had been found. There are still no further details about the circumstances of his disappearance.