Sunday 18 August, 2019

Teen who was reported missing in Clarendon returns home but…

Police are reporting success in their search to locate Brianna Clarke, a 14-year-old female who was reported missing from her home in Clarendon since last Friday.

Reports from family members are that Clarke left her home to complete a few errands on the road but had failed to return home.

After carrying out a desperate search, over the last 24 hours, relatives are reporting that she has returned home and is said to be in good health.

The explanation that she is home has, however, left some social media users praising the police on the speed at which they were able to assist in the matter but it has also left some users demanding to hear more on the case.

“Happy to hear that she has returned but a bit annoyed that more details were not disclosed as to where the child was located. Too often we hear about these cases and when the children return we are not given any details on the case,” said one social media user who identified himself only as William.

Another user said he believed it was important to disclose details on cases when persons, who were reported missing, return home as he believes it could be used to assist authorities investigating other missing cases.

And while members of that family in Clarendon were rejoicing officials at Maxfield Park Children's Home, in another matter, were busy searching for clues and trying to locate one of their own, a 16-year-old Ward of the State, Mellissa Howell.

Police said the teenager has been missing since Thursday, May 16.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall.

Reports from the Hunts Bay Police are that about 5:30 a.m., Melissa was last seen at home dressed in White merino, blue floral skirt and a pair of blue slippers. All efforts to locate her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Melissa Howell is being asked to contact the Hunts Bay

Police at 876-923-7111, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

Last Saturday, in a separate case, residents in the parish of Clarendon were left in shock after a 17-year-old high school student from the parish went missing and was later found dead in bushes.

An Ananda Alert had been activated for Stefika Smith of Strawberry Hill district, Four Paths, Clarendon, following her disappearance last Saturday.

She had left home at about 1:00 p.m. to study with a friend in Freetown, also in the parish, and was reportedly last seen alive in a taxi in Four Paths.

Last Monday morning, the chilling discovery of her body was made in the Four Paths area. The body was reported savaged, including a slashed throat.

A taxi driver has reportedly been taken into police custody in relation to the discovery.

Stefika was reportedly born and raised in the United Kingdom, from where her parents eventually returned to live in Jamaica.

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