UPDATE: Missing teen found, mother says
The teenager who was reported missing since Thursday has been found.
Moments ago, Teresa Moore told Barbados TODAY that her daughter, 16-year-old Pedisa Latisha Providence of Venture No.3, St John has been located. She said she was on her way to pick up the teen from an undisclosed location and take her to a Police Station for questioning.
“She is found. I now have to go for her where she is because the family don’t want to get involved. Then I will take her to the station where they will question her,” Moore said
Police said the Daryl Jordan Secondary School student left home for school about 6 a.m. on Thursday but did not return.
Moore said she could not provide further details at the time, as she was focused on getting her daughter as soon as possible.
However, when Barbados TODAY visited Pedisa’s father, Pedaiah Providence, at his Venture No. 4 home earlier today, just a short distance away from where the teen lives with her grandmother, he said he only found out about her disappearance on Saturday night. He also said he last saw her on Wednesday morning at the bus stop.
According to him, on that same night his girlfriend called Pedisa on her cell phone to inquire if she had carried out a favour but the teenager responded that she was still waiting for a bus to come home.
Providence described his daughter as a quiet person, but admitted that it was not the first time she left home.
He also admitted that his relationship with his first born was strained.
“To tell you the truth, I trying not to think negative at this point in time. [I’m] trying to think positive that the worst ain’t happen. I am hoping that she probably gone by some friend and it is not something different,” he said.
“But as far as I am concerned, I is (sic) the bully when it comes to making the laws. When I step in the mother does tell me ‘Pedisa is a big girl, she growing up, what you does be fretting about’. You see what happen? When I step in, everything gone back to normal, nobody don’t study to do what I say anymore,” Providence added.
This morning police issued an appeal to the public for their assistance in locating the teen. (AH)