Man detained in disappearance of pregnant woman

A 28-year-old port work­er, who was de­tained for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ance of a preg­nant woman, Shan­ice Coop­er, has been sent to the St Ann’s Men­tal Hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion. Po­lice said the man, a close male rel­a­tive of Coop­er’s, was tak­en in­to cus­tody ear­li­er this week.


Coop­er, 30, was last seen on Au­gust 28. She is sev­en months preg­nant. Her cell­phone was found near a car wash in Wood­brook last week and the rel­a­tive’s num­ber was shown as the last num­ber she had con­tact­ed.

The rel­a­tive was de­tained by po­lice on Mon­day at his work­place at the Port-of-Spain Port.

Of­fi­cers of the An­ti Kid­nap­ping Unit who ques­tioned him said he ex­hib­it­ed “symp­toms of men­tal ill­ness” and was tak­en to the St Ann’s Hos­pi­tal where he is cur­rent­ly ward­ed un­der heavy po­lice guard.

Coop­er’s was last seen on Au­gust when left for work at the Port and was heard on the phone telling some­one to pick her up at a gas sta­tion close to where she lives.