Parents in agony
by Latoya Burnham
“I just want my daughter back!”
It has become a mantra for Cecil and Cheryl King, whose 15-year-old daughter, Kelly has now been missing more than a week. In short, the Kings are in agony.
“It has really been hard on us. We don’t know what is going on with her,” said her mother, as her father added that information reaching them has indicated that she may be in the company of a male.
Police issued an alert for missing Kelly Andrea King, last week, after she left the home of her parents at #1 Prospect, St. James for the Princess Margaret School and did not return. She was reportedly seen that night in Oistins, Christ Church in a short black jeans skirt, white and purple T-shirt and a pair of black slippers with a flower on the top.
The minor is 5′ 2″ tall, of slim build, with dark complexion and has a round head. She has small ears, a small nose and a small mouth with thin lips. She is small breasted, and speaks with a soft voice. She has a Guyanese accent and carries herself in a pleasant manner. Kelly wore a ponytail hairstyle.
“I’m tired,” her father declared, but even though the fatigue shows around his eyes and mouth and on her mother’s face, the two just can’t stop looking.
While some Bajans were celebrating Errol Barrow Day with picnics and festivities, the Kings were driving the island searching for their daughter, since a report last Friday, had once again placed her in Oistins.
Similar reports on Sunday placed her in the vicinity of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Martindale’s Road, St. Michael but since then, the calls to the family reporting any citing have ceased. So now the Kings are trying everything in their power to keep their minds from thinking the worst.
“Since Sunday, nothing,” her father said, voice going soft with emotion. He is not a man that shows emotion easily or readily, but he confessed that he has been holding himself together by sheer might and faith in God.
“We are very concerned because we don’t know what might have happened to her, where she is, if she is ok, if she…”
The unspoken words leave clear the pain that Cecil and his wife are feeling at the emptiness left by their only child.
Cheryl goes to work in the morning and she added, spent all day thinking about her daughter and wondering if perhaps today might be the day that she returns home.
Cecil leaves home before sunrise at 4 a.m. and drives the streets of the 166 square-mile island for some sight of Kelly. He cannot work, he cannot sleep, he is almost literally in nettles about his child.
“I’ve been to bus stops, beaches… I’ve been to Christ Church, St. Philip, St. Lucy, St. George, St. John, St. Michael. She hasn’t been seen out and about at night so she has to be sleeping somewhere,” he concluded.
“He gets up and roams at night. I catch sleep in pieces. We just want her to be fine. Having to go to work and knowing I can’t do anything…,” his wife turned away briefly to gaze at the setting sun behind their home on the west coast.
“If she might be hearing or seeing this, we just want her to report to the police… make some form of contact, please. Regardless of what is going on, make some contact,” the parents pleaded, together expressing their pain to their daughter and Barbados at large.
“If someone sees her, we are not saying to hold her or anything, but call the police, not two days later but right away, or call me,” her father said, adding his cell phone number 266-0218 to the police’s contacts out there.
“I’m a father who just wants his daughter back. I want my daughter back.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kelly Andrea King is also asked to contact the Holetown Police Station at 419-1700, Operations Control at 430-7100, or the nearest Police Station. email@example.com