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Search for missing man comes up empty handed

A week after a massive search was launched for missing woman Karen Harris, a similar effort was mounted today in the hope of finding 31-year-old Sidneato Holford.

However, at the end of the intense two hour-long exercise, the 120-member search party – including 75 civilians and 45 police and army officers – came up empty handed.


The search, which began around 9 a.m., also included three sniffer dogs from the Police Canine Division, who assisted police in combing through the densely vegetated Belle gully area.

Family members, including Holford’s mother Pamela, his cousin Shawn and teenaged son Renaldo Trim also took part in the search, which was eventually called off just after 11 a.m.





At the end of the gruelling exercise, Holford’s aunt Cheryl Hall was moved to tears and unable to speak.


“So far, unfortunately, we did not find the missing person, but we found 70 cannabis plants ranging from seedlings to two feet,” reported acting Assistant Superintendent of Police David Welch.

We found another set of plants that are few in numbers but they were mainly seedlings. Our investigations will continue into those finds,” he added.

Today’s search came on the heels of strong criticism of the authorities for what was deemed by some to be an inordinate response by the island’s security forces to news of last week’s disappearance of Harris, a 49-year-old Caucasian woman, who has since been found.DSC_1315

However, while admitting that today’s effort to find Holford was not the biggest search mounted this year by police, Welch, who is the police public relations officer, assured that lawmen remained committed to finding the missing Black man.DSC_1320

He said lawmen were prepared to act on any new leads into his disappearance.

In fact, he pointed out that today’s effort was third mounted by the authorities in the hope of finding Holford, who went missing on January 14.

We would like to thank the public who showed great interest in this exercise and have come out to assist the police in their search,” Welch said.

21 Responses to Search for missing man comes up empty handed

  1. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo March 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I feel really sorry for her. Hopefully she can find some peace

  2. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke March 8, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Wowww I was hoping for some closure during this search. This has to be a tough time for his mum.

  3. Browne-love Jan
    Browne-love Jan March 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Nice. People came out x

  4. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams March 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    All ethnic backgrounds came out- Even the category based “white bajan”…..See now, we argue we never work together before actually trying to.

  5. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow March 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Praying for him his family and for the searchers

  6. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell March 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks to all the people that turned up today things can be achieved if we all come together as one. Tho unfortunately it did not bring the desired closure for Sidneato’s Mum, which is sad, but it showed her that she is not alone in her pain and people do care.

  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    About time!

  8. Allan B Love
    Allan B Love March 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Unity is strength …

  9. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley March 8, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Poor lady, I hope she will get a closure very soon, it must be so hard for her each day

  10. Hellkat Sweetz
    Hellkat Sweetz March 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I am proud of my fellow Barbadians one love ppl

  11. MariaMaria Angel
    MariaMaria Angel March 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Hope the large turn out and police, army etc. presence to look for missing persons will not be a passing trend….

  12. Gloria Mendes
    Gloria Mendes March 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Hope and pray that closure will come soon for the family. But we must not wait when someone is missing we must act immediately .

  13. Alva Holdipp-Hope
    Alva Holdipp-Hope March 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    So many had so much to much criticism.. Where were they today???? To his mother I hope you find solace some time soon..hope her faith returns..kudos to ALL those who helped in the search today.

  14. Alana Mel
    Alana Mel March 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Denise Cozier

  15. Glendene Bovell
    Glendene Bovell March 8, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Why does it have to be a missing BLACK man. A man is a man! Kmt!

  16. Nicha Mary Branker
    Nicha Mary Branker March 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Good job Barbados … Well done … Keep at it … Follow every instinct no matter how weird it seems … Best of luck

  17. Julie Leenders
    Julie Leenders March 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I honestly couldn’t imagine how sad that poor lady is feeling , I would never rest of it were one of my sons… Fingers , toes and everything else crossed I really hope that he is found safe and well , U never know maybe he is just hanging low, I do hope so x

  18. Gawdess Purple-Rain Deelights
    Gawdess Purple-Rain Deelights March 8, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Im still wondering who those bones belonged to that the hikers found. Did they check on that….if he was killed (god forbid) they could have moved the body to another location. I pray this may be a case of just not returning home and he is found in good health

  19. Bird Out
    Bird Out March 8, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Where d drone

  20. Bajan girl March 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I pray he is found and in good health.


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