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Family of missing man encouraged by tip from Shaw students

Posted August 13, 2013

Weston Vandemerwe, was reported missing Monday.

— The family of an Apex man missing since Friday night focused their search near the Raleigh Convention Center Tuesday, after two Shaw University students provided a clue to his whereabouts.

Weston Vandemerwe, 23, left The Oxford on Fayetteville Street at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, friends said. He and his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Holmes, argued outside the bar, and she got in a cab. Holmes said she assumed Vandermerwe would also take a cab home. He had left his car at a friend's house in Cary.

Vandemerwe's mother, Becky Daly, said the Shaw students told her they saw him lying on the ground outside the convention center early Saturday, and they even took a picture of him. When they offered to help him, the students told Daly, he declined.

Vandemerwe is described as a white man with brown hair and eyes. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was wearing a red polo shirt and blue shorts.

"This is not my son," Daly said, "I really feel that something bad has happened."

Anyone with information about Vandermerwe is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department at  919-834-4357. Friends are offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps them find Vandemerwe.


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  • Scubagirl Aug 13, 2013

    am soooooooooo hoping the newly found body by the beltline is NOT this young man :( some speculation about that just now on news. Hoping for his safe return with stories to tell.

  • ckay109 Aug 13, 2013

    They found a body near 440, hope it's not him.

  • twoboysandadog Aug 13, 2013

    lets hope that he is not the body found near hammond road....

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Aug 13, 2013

    I took a break from work and walked around the Lenoir/Dawson area, near the Redhat ampitheatre, but no luck. :/ Praying for the best.


    That's awesome. You're awesome! Not kidding

  • blastamasta Aug 13, 2013

    I took a break from work and walked around the Lenoir/Dawson area, near the Redhat ampitheatre, but no luck. :/ Praying for the best.

  • changein2016please! Aug 13, 2013

    NCgirl2013 I agree with you! My daughter knows Weston, went to Apex High with him, and she is so worried about him. As a mom of two twenty-somethings, I am also praying he is ok. Please people, if you don't have anything constructive to write, don't write it. His friends keep coming back to these articles to find updates and reading these insensitive comments hurts.

  • LovemyPirates Aug 13, 2013

    Has there been search parties out searching in the places where someone may could have fallen and not been seen?

  • sasha51497 Aug 13, 2013

    FB lists the GF as 21.

  • Paul M Aug 13, 2013

    Not a good area that time of night

  • NCgirl2013 Aug 13, 2013

    Instead of unwarranted assumptions, suggestions, or blame on innocent parties, I hoped to read these comments to find more clues into the search for this poor guy. All those who know him know he is a responsible, level-headed guy who would never keep his friends and family worrying for this long....if he was in "hiding" someone would know. Have some compassion for his family and his friends. Don't you think his girlfriend (who is not 28 years old as depicted in the mugshot link below) feels guilty enough for leaving him? Have some empathy. Put yourself in her shoes...or in his mother's shoes. How would you feel to read these uninformed, better-than-thou remarks about your child's disappearance? I pray that he is found safe and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends. This is nothing more than an unexpected tragedy...bad things happen far too often to very good people.