UPDATE-Search intensifies for missing St George woman
The search for 49-year-old Karen Harris, who left home for a routine jog yesterday evening but has not been seen since, has intensified.
Harris, a housewife of Rowans Park, St George, is also the mother of two girls and the wife of businessman Kyle Harris, owner of Morgan’s Fish House. The Caucasian woman, who is 5’7” and slim build, has shoulder length brown hair, thin eyebrows, pointed nose, thin lips, high cheek bones, a square chin and both her ears are pierced twice.
Harris, who has also been described as soft spoken, was last seen on security footage around 4:23 p.m. yesterday passing Gun Hill Signal Station in St George after she left home wearing black running clothes and sneakers.
The missing St George resident is the sister of prominent rower Randal Valdez and businessman Gregory Valdez, both whom were actively involved in today’s search, which started overnight with family and friends, but has since widened to involve members of Clive Lorde-led Roving Response Team – which is now coordinating the effort – the Barbados Defence Force and police.
Scores of Barbadians – mostly Caucasians – in SUVs, on motor bikes and horseback, were also assisting in the effort, which is said to involve well over 300 people and now extends from St George, where Harris went missing, to St Joseph, where there were unconfirmed reports of communication activity from her mobile phone earlier today.
Businessman Philip Tempro, who is among those who have been on the road since early this morning, told Barbados TODAY Jada Construction had asked all of its employees and subsidiaries to come out and help. A polo tournament, scheduled for this afternoon, was also reportedly cancelled.
Earlier today, police detectives visited the missing woman’s home.
Lawmen were scheduled to hold a briefing at the Boarded Hall police station while a civilian response team was due to meet at Carmichael, both in St George.
In the meantime, a command centre has been set up at Strong Hope Plantation, in the same parish, to coordinate information and a special “Find Karen Harris” page created on Facebook.
Police are also asking anyone with information on Harris’ whereabouts to contact emergency number 211, or the nearest police station.