UPDATE-Search intensifies for missing St George woman

The search for 49-year-old Karen Harris, who left home for a routine jog yesterday evening but has not been seen since, has intensified.

Harris, a housewife of Rowans Park, St George, is also the mother of two girls and the wife of businessman Kyle Harris, owner of Morgan’s Fish House. The Caucasian woman, who is 5’7” and slim build, has shoulder length brown hair, thin eyebrows, pointed nose, thin lips, high cheek bones, a square chin and both her ears are pierced twice.

Harris, who has also been described as soft spoken, was last seen on security footage around 4:23 p.m. yesterday passing Gun Hill Signal Station in St George after she left home wearing black running clothes and sneakers.

 

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The missing St George resident is the sister of prominent rower Randal Valdez and businessman Gregory Valdez, both whom were actively involved in today’s search, which started overnight with family and friends, but has since widened to involve members of Clive Lorde-led Roving Response Team – which is now coordinating the effort – the Barbados Defence Force and police.

A photo of Karen and her husband Kyle.
A photo of Karen and her husband Kyle.
A photo of the Harris family, including Karen (second from left), her husband Kyle (right) and their daughters.
A photo of the Harris family, including Karen (second from left), her husband Kyle (right) and their daughters.

Scores of Barbadians – mostly Caucasians – in SUVs, on motor bikes and horseback, were also assisting in the effort, which is said to involve well over 300 people and now extends from St George, where Harris went missing, to St Joseph, where there were unconfirmed reports of communication activity from her mobile phone earlier today.

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Businessman Philip Tempro, who is among those who have been on the road since early this morning, told Barbados TODAY Jada Construction had asked all of its employees and subsidiaries to come out and help. A polo tournament, scheduled for this afternoon, was also reportedly cancelled.

Earlier today, police detectives visited the missing woman’s home.

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Lawmen were scheduled to hold a briefing at the Boarded Hall police station while a civilian response team was due to meet at Carmichael, both in St George.

In the meantime, a command centre has been set up at Strong Hope Plantation, in the same parish, to coordinate information and a special “Find Karen Harris” page created on Facebook.

Police are also asking anyone with information on Harris’ whereabouts to contact emergency number 211, or the nearest police station.

 

59 Responses to UPDATE-Search intensifies for missing St George woman

  1. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain February 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I am so touch with admiration with the level of support karen’s family and friends are receiving in helping with the search. I pray that she is found safely and may God be with her and protect her wherever she is.

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  2. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow February 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I hope the lady is found safe , black or white rich or poor she is a mother a wife and missed. Praying for her safe return

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  3. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow February 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I hope the lady is found safe , black or white rich or poor she is a mother a wife and missed. Praying for her safe return

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  4. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow February 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I hope the lady is found safe , black or white rich or poor she is a mother a wife and missed. Praying for her safe return

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  5. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow February 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I hope the lady is found safe , black or white rich or poor she is a mother a wife and missed. Praying for her safe return

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  6. Rags To Riches
    Rags To Riches February 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    You see how the whites all come together for one of their own? Hmm….blacks open y’all eyes

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow February 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Blacks if that’s how you want to phrase it outnumber whites 100 fold . What you should actually be questioning is why the blacks don’t come out then for their own ?

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow February 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Blacks if that’s how you want to phrase it outnumber whites 100 fold . What you should actually be questioning is why the blacks don’t come out then for their own ?

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    • Eleisha Ashby
      Eleisha Ashby February 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      That’s how it should be, when anyone is missing. Mobilize all your family and friends to get involved in the search. Maybe she has fallen and hurt somewhere.

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    • Irwin Walker
      Irwin Walker February 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      It should not be a black versus white issue but an unfortunate, historic reality perpetuates this matter. It is not often that a man/woman hunt ensues after a missing person announcement because most of the time it is a person of a low socio-economic status and of a specific ethnicity. However, we must model this response for our neighbours and embrace this as a positive example to follow. Do not blame any race for showing their neighbour love. Mimic this action and stop assuming that all black people who go missing are either by another man or involved in drugs.

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    • Irwin Walker
      Irwin Walker February 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      It should not be a black versus white issue but an unfortunate, historic reality perpetuates this matter. It is not often that a man/woman hunt ensues after a missing person announcement because most of the time it is a person of a low socio-economic status and of a specific ethnicity. However, we must model this response for our neighbours and embrace this as a positive example to follow. Do not blame any race for showing their neighbour love. Mimic this action and stop assuming that all black people who go missing are either by another man or involved in drugs.

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    • Irwin Walker
      Irwin Walker February 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      It should not be a black versus white issue but an unfortunate, historic reality perpetuates this matter. It is not often that a man/woman hunt ensues after a missing person announcement because most of the time it is a person of a low socio-economic status and of a specific ethnicity. However, we must model this response for our neighbours and embrace this as a positive example to follow. Do not blame any race for showing their neighbour love. Mimic this action and stop assuming that all black people who go missing are either by another man or involved in drugs.

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow February 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      I agree Irvin, it’s a small island when someone goes missing they should be looked for by family and friends and anyone that cares about another human being , colour and race should not come into this.

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    • Rags To Riches
      Rags To Riches February 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      My comment was not racially motivated Irwin Walker… it was more so a comment showing my race that as a race we need to all come together and live in love and support one another….. indians do it, Chinese do it, hell look right here, even the whites do it ….simply a wake up call to my race which I love. I hope she’s found

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    • Rags To Riches
      Rags To Riches February 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      I ain’t questioning anything…I’m observing everything

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    • Nikki Vs Nicksie
      Nikki Vs Nicksie February 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      You are rite. Little black girls go missing weekly and no one bands together like this. Shame. I hope she is found tho becuz she frequents my work place often…

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    • Matthew Furby Dan Spooner
      Matthew Furby Dan Spooner February 28, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Little black girls does know where dem run And gone and are found with out any explanation

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    • Matthew Furby Dan Spooner
      Matthew Furby Dan Spooner February 28, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Little black girls does know where dem run And gone and are found with out any explanation

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    • Adam Taylor
      Adam Taylor February 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      To be fair, it isn’t only white people out there looking, it is people of different ethnicities looking for a missing person.

      It IS MOSTLY White people, but there are 7500+ of us in Barbados.. certainly not all the whites came together, and you wouldn’t expect that to happen either. This is a case of having a strong support system mixed with a do-it-yourself-don’t-rely-on-someone-else rally, it’s people taking initiative.. Her running buddies went, her business buddies went, her friends, her family, the friends of family, I mean – I don’t even know the woman and I went. Strong community support. We need it all across Barbados, in every community and every neighbourhood. We can’t expect authorities to do it alone, we have to get involved.

      I think that when people go missing, or somebody needs help, or maybe just a beach cleanup, when there is a good cause and a call for help, people will answer the call – white black brown or otherwise, but the important thing is to mobilise.

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      • Leslie Cale February 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm

        Adam, as usual, you rock. Have you thought about getting into politics? I think you’d make quite a leader.

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    • Matthew Greaves
      Matthew Greaves February 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Didn’t know they were air crafts in barbados that could search for missing persons until now

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    • Rags To Riches
      Rags To Riches February 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      I full 100 agree with you Adam Taylor

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  7. Seth St John
    Seth St John February 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Bajans continue to astound me… A woman is missing and People are looking at skin color…wow..

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    • Sherwin Boyce
      Sherwin Boyce February 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Well Seth to be honest have you ever seen black in their numbers looking for a missing person

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    • Seth St John
      Seth St John February 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      No but I see them on FB dropping snide comments about white people doing it….. It’s really quite sad that a person will do that instead of offering assistance, why segregate ourselves? Quite stupid in this age when we really ought to be coming together

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      • Zed Layson February 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

        I agree with you Seth, Shallow minds look at colour… thankfully its a small percentage in Barbados…. Thank god she was found and safe… Her family must be so happy…

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    • Buddy Love
      Buddy Love February 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      I am with you Seth.

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    • Seth St John
      Seth St John February 28, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      And this is where u show your ignorance..every day people out there take positive steps to improving their lives, and then we have people like you who would rather blame everyone and everything for your current circumstances…look around you Hun, open your eyes… People of every color and descent in Barbados are wealthy and “live in the heights, garden or terrace” these people know that they can either strive to be a better person, or alternatively, be bitter about other people who do so… What category do you fall under?

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    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily February 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      It’s one thing to be racist and another thing be naive.

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    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily February 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      It’s one thing to be racist and another thing be naive.

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel February 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      First thing I thought was: I’ve never seen black people come together like this and search for a missing person. That speaks volumes. Of course it will be highly publicized Why? Because it isn’t normal in Barbados. Rather than criticze the whites for being better neighbours, Bajan blacks better start to emulate.

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  8. Angel Maloney
    Angel Maloney February 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Let us not make this into a racial debate it doesn’t matter what colour r race u r we are all human beings let us pray for her safe return n hope to God all is well afterall she’s wife mother sister n friend to many plz Barbados keep her n Ur prays u never no when it will hit home to u

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    • Elke Hassell
      Elke Hassell February 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      But what does one expect the General Barbadian Public to think. Her comment was not offensive it just made a factual statement that is on the minds of a lot of people, but yet avoided to be addressed by many for the same reason not to sound Racial.

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  9. Linda Hoyte February 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    wishing for her safe return .

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  10. Linda Hoyte February 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Thank God she has been found .

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  11. Anthony Hinds February 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Karen has been found and is safe,police are with her now,thats all i know so far.

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  12. Nafisa von Kantzow March 1, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Praying for her safe return. May God comfort and keep her family strong.

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  13. Patricia Bowen March 1, 2015 at 6:55 am

    It’s beautiful to see such unity and quick response among my Barbadian brothers and sisters in an effort such as this. I know we are quick to lend assistance if there is a disaster, a fire or accident. If there is a dollar drive or telethon to help a cause we will help. It just that most, if faced with a similar situation would never in their wildest dreams expect to see such a turnout. In all fairness, I don recall an appeal or mobilization put to a community,businesses or churches for help regarding a missing person before, so you wouldn’t know the turnout.
    Let’s drop the black and white issue. We don’t know if the person was of a dark complexion if the turnout would be the same. Let use this opportunity to come together to help each other seeing that this country is small and in times of trouble we will need all the help we can. Regardless the race let us help them. Let them help us. God loves us all.

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  14. Ideatrice March 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    There have been many comments on the race of the missing woman. Has anyone stopped to think why a woman would leave her home in this manner? I hope that all is well with her home life and that she does not feel trapped or is not trapped in a bad situation. I also hope that she has been forced to return to a bad situation.

    Sometimes we are too quick to see race and class and not the humanity of people.

    As a black woman and a Christian, my prayers are with her. No woman regardless of her socioeconomic status or race should ever be in a situation like this… Perhaps, instead of focussing on issues of race and class, those who are believers should pray that all will be resolved in her life. Give thanks for what you have instead of coveting what others have.

    Remember that showing compassion does not mean that you are politically naive.

    For those of you who have turned this into a race issue, remember that you too are free to offer assistance by searching for anyone who goes missing. Maybe next time someone goes mission you too can go out and search for them. If you want to ensure that every missing Barbadian regardless of skin colour is searched for then perhaps you should take action by ensuring that you are a part of the change that you wish to see…

    But then again it is easier to criticise and to condemn than to actually do something!

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