Missing woman spent night in a canefield disoriented, says family
The family of 49-year-old Karen Harris, who is now said to be resting at home after she was reported missing on Friday, has been seeking to explain her 24-hour disappearance.
They say she spent the night in a canefield “disoriented and dehydrated” before she was able to find her way to a house in Moonshine, St George late on Saturday evening and helped by the occupants “who were not known to her or her family”.
The family is also reporting that though Harris was not physically hurt, she has received medical attention since returning home.
The mother of two, who is married to businessman Kyle Harris, left her Rowan’s Park, St George home for a jog on Friday around 3 p.m. before she was reported missing. She was reunited with her family last night just before 7 p.m.
Below is the full statement issued today following her recent disappearance, which prompted a massive search yesterday, stretching from St George to St Joseph by security and emergency officials, who were well supported by civilians:
“We are aware of the interest surrounding the details of Karen being found at 18.43 yesterday (Saturday 28th).
Once again we want to offer our sincere gratitude to all involved in the search for Karen.
We want to clarify a number of points relating to the period she was missing and until she was found.
She confirmed that she left for a run on Friday 27th; she is unsure of the exact route that she took.
She spent the night disoriented and dehydrated in a canefield.
She had not been physically hurt.
Having found her way to a house in Moonshine, St. George, late on Saturday evening she was able to give the occupants (who were not known to her or her family) her husband’s phone number. The occupants recognised her from the Missing Person Flyers that had been widely distributed.
Her family were immediately contacted (18.32) and police were also informed of her location. They went directly to the location and the family was reunited.
She has been given medical attention and is resting.
She had not been in contact with anybody since going missing at 17.00 Friday 27th February.
We appreciate the overwhelming support and assistance from the Barbadian public, the Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Defence Force, the Roving Response team, the media and corporate Barbados during this difficult time.” (END)