Elderly woman’s family believes she was taken against her will
As police investigations continue into the disappearance of 75-year-old Marcelle Smith, who has been missing for more than a week now without a trace, the family of the elderly Barbadian today suggested that she has been abducted.
In a second public appeal for help in locating her mother who was last seen on October 12, Tanya Smith said while the family was holding out hope that their missing relative was still alive, they were of the view that she was being held against her will in an unknown location.
“We have an accurate timeline and evidence of the crime that unfolded,” she declared during the press conference this afternoon in which she read from a prepared statement.
Flanked by her brother Roger, who flew in from New York on Friday night, and another relative at today’s press conference, Tanya, who arrived here from London where she resides on Thursday, thanked the public for the assistance thus far, while appealing for the help to continue.
“If anyone has any information, please contact the Police or CrimeStoppers,” she said.
The family, who has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the safe return of their relative, also thanked the Royal Barbados Police Force for the job that they were doing on the case.
On Tuesday, police recovered Smith’s silver Toyota Yaris sedan, registration P2346, at Chelston Park, Culloden Road, St Michael.
Though guarded in their responses, it was hard to mistake either child’s emotions as they fielded reporters’ questions.
“We want to find our mother,” Tanya said, with family friend Sonia Inniss also seated behind the microphones.
“We are focused on finding her, it is not a very easy situation,” the daughter admitted.
“My mother is a strong formidable woman. She is fit. She is well. She is mentally well, she is physically well. She is a happy, wonderful woman. She is our mother,” she said of the missing woman, who is the sister-in-law of retired jurist Sir Frederick Smith and daughter of Aurie Smith, a retired headmaster of the Lodge School, who is reportedly unwell.
Smith, who is of slim build and five feet two inches tall, is brown-skinned with brown eyes, brown hair and speaks with a slight Trinidadian accent.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY this evening, police spokesman David Welch said lawmen were continuing investigations into the matter. Anyone with information related to Smith’s whereabouts to contact the police emergency number 211, or the nearest police station.