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Decline in the number of missing persons

The number of girls under the age of 16 reported missing this year is six times as high as the number of boys, according to statistics obtained from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), which is reporting an overall decline in cases of missing persons.

Public Relations Officer Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) David Welch told Barbados TODAY that to date 27 children under 16 have been placed on the missing persons list, 23 of whom are girls, along with four boys.

Public Relations Officer Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) David Welch

Public Relations Officer Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) David Welch

However, he said while the public had been made aware whenever a girl has gone missing, there have been no public appeals to locate the boys, “simply because they were found” before a police bulletin was published. “Sometime the length of time [the boys] went missing was an hour or two, but it depends on the circumstances,” Welch said.

The police spokesman revealed that overall there have been 80 cases of missing persons so far this year, down from 95 for the corresponding period in 2014. While he was unable to give a male to female ratio of the overall figure, Welch said the majority were females.

The police officer also revealed that of the 80, six people – five men and one woman – were still unaccounted for, some since the start of the year.

Those still unaccounted for are Anthony Griffith, 58, of Crusher Site Road, Prospect, St James, who was reported missing on the January 10; Sidneato Holford, 31, of 3rd Avenue Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael who was reported missing on January 15; Dwain Piggot, 35, of Melvin Hill, St Joseph, reported missing
on March 27; Lionel Henderson Howell, 76, of Church View,
St John who was reported missing on May 30 and Emela John, 18, of Paynes Bay, St James. She was reported missing on October 9.

Welch added that the bodies of three of remaining 74 who were recovered, having died in different circumstances. Marcelle Smith, 76, of Farm Road, St Philip was murdered; Devon Seon Prescod, 18, of Fairy Valley, Christ Church drowned while out fishing and Vincent Layne, 66, of Farm Road, St Philip
committed suicide.

Welch has called on members of the public who have information on missing persons to contact Crime Stoppers at 1 800 TIPS, police emergency number 211, or the nearest police station. (FW)

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