GUYANA – Search on for missing British teen
GEORGETOWN –– It has been over two months since British-born Dominic Bernard landed in Guyana via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on his second solo trip out of England.
But since then he has not been seen or heard from.
On October 14, 2015, Bernard departed London, England, on Caribbean Airlines (CAL) Flight BW 903 destined for Port of Spain, Trinidad. From the twin-island republic, the 18-year-old then boarded CAL BW 483 which arrived in Georgetown at 9:50 p.m. the same day.
This was his maiden trip to Guyana and he was supposed to be picked from the airport by his godbrother Aaron Hing.
However, this arrangement never materialized since Hing was unaware that Bernard was travelling to Guyana.
According to the missing teen’s father Andrew Bernard, his son told him he was coming to Guyana to spend some time with Hing. He said his son was scheduled to return home on November 5, 2015, but failed to do so.
The father stated that after his son did not return home, he contacted Hing, who told him that he did not see his son and did not even know he had travelled to Guyana.
He explained: “Because he [Hing] is family we just assumed that Dominic was having a good time.”
The older Bernard said that local Immigration authorities had confirmed his son landing in Guyana. He stated that CAL had also verified his son did not use his return ticket to England.
The father related that prior to his son’s arrival in this country, he was very active on his social media profiles. The distraught man added that Dominic has not posted anything on his Facebook, YouTube or Whatsapp since.
When Kaieteur News checked Dominic Bernard’s Facebook page, it showed that he last posted a photo on September 17, 2015. Several of his friends have shared posts about him being missing.
Bernard said that his son is a photographer/film-maker of reputable character. Bernard said it was unusual for his son to go anywhere without informing loved ones. He recalled that Dominic travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, earlier last year and made contact with his family as soon as he touched down there.
Dominic is the eldest of three siblings and was encountering no problems back at home, according to his father.
Dominic Bernard is six feet tall with brown eyes and he speaks with a deep British accent.
Local and British law enforcement officials are now investigating the matter. But the teenager’s family is offering a reward to anyone with credible information that could lead them to finding him.