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I am happy my son is alive, says Marsha Burton

A St Thomas mother is happy and grateful that her son, who had been missing for nine days, has been found alive.

However, speaking to the Barbados TODAY at her Cane Garden Park, St Thomas home this afternoon, Marsha Burton admitted that she was still very concerned for Javan, who is currently undergoing psychological evaluation at a Government institution.

“Even though I am happy to have my son back, he is still not back completely,” she said.

On May 7, via this newspaper, the mother sent out an appeal to the public for help in finding her 21-year-old son, who had been reported missing three days earlier.

Marsha Burton is happy that her son has returned home.

Marsha Burton is happy that her son has returned home.

Back then, she feared the worst, but she is grateful today that he is still alive.

Javan returned home last Wednesday after he was spotted by former work colleagues in Checker Hall, St Lucy. At the time, the young man appeared quite confused, and didn’t even seem to be aware that his family had been searching for him for well over a week.


Javan Burton

“. . .. We knew then that he wasn’t all together there. He was not confused as in not knowing the time of the day or disoriented, but confused to the fact that he didn’t think his relatives would be worrying about him, which is unusual behaviour,” his mother explained.

She said for some reason her son appeared to be unhappy with himself, but declined to go into detail about his “challenges”, saying the family was “still trying to figure out what is going on”.

“We just want him to know that we love him and he has all the support from his family. When they found him, he was in amazement that he is missing. We asked him, ‘why didn’t you call’, and he still hasn’t answered that question yet,” she said.

Burton thanked members of the public for their assistance to the family, during their recent ordeal.

“I am relying on God to help me through,” she added.

10 Responses to I am happy my son is alive, says Marsha Burton

  1. Վդփժը Գչփչթ
    Վդփժը Գչփչթ May 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

    At least you all are taking the necessary steps to ensure his getting better.. Time is the best healer. In this life we all have our struggles and challenges. Its important to be kind and supportive always.

  2. Tricia Sweets
    Tricia Sweets May 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I glad my hunnie getting all the necessary help he can, and pray to god he will recover soon. And hope what ever it is he is going through that it should be healed over time to time only god knows best, and besides all the negative thoughts god is in control, your mother look like a strong woman and god surely will give her the strength to face every challenges her son is going through right now in name ah jesus amen.

  3. Petee Cumberbatch
    Petee Cumberbatch May 19, 2015 at 9:48 am

    good job mum…keep loving him and make sure he gets whatever help he needs

  4. Eudene Todd May 19, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Glad he is home safe and sound

  5. Ormond Mayers May 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Well I think every concern Barbadian joined the family in being happy Javan is united with his family safe . However, what is puzzling , Javan seems reluctant, to communicate his challenges within the family circle, despite the strong bond of love. I hope he recover in good health and over come all his challenges.

  6. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar May 19, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Wish he recover from all his challenges

  7. Shonnie Smith
    Shonnie Smith May 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’m glad he’s safe and back home to his family wish him all the best but the mom didn’t owe anyone an explanation

  8. Donna Harewood May 19, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    She did not owe anyone an explanation but she’s smart enough to know that if you seek the assistance of the public it is nice to disclose a little about about the outcome. It could happen again, you know. We shall pray for your son’s speedy recovery.


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