Body found in Silvermine Dam

The body of 69-year-old Mike Reilly was found in Silvermine Dam on Saturday.

Silvermine Dam within Table Mountain National Park is officially open to the public again. This after the body of a 69-year-old man was found in the Silvermine Dam on Saturday.

Mike Reilly was reported missing by his wife on Sunday March 21 after he had gone hiking at Silvermine Dam and had not returned by lunchtime.

His clothes were found at the dam with his wallet and other items, but his car key was missing.

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) manager Frans van Rooyen said the search of the dam had been challenging with a depth of several metres in some parts, zero visibility and a rocky bottom.

Mr Van Rooyen said the discovery followed a week-long search for Mr Reilly.

He said his body had been identified by his family.

Following his disappearance, the TMNP rangers, along with the police diving unit and various emergency services, started the search on Monday March 22 and the dam was closed to the public until further notice on Thursday March 25.

Provincial police spokesman Colonel André Traut said no foul play was suspected. An inquest docket was opened at Kirstenhof police station.