August will make one year since fisherman Barry Boban was kidnapped by pirates while fishing off the coast of Moruga.
He was never found and although police said the case into his disappearance is being actively investigated, Boban’s sister Emalyn Boban remains hopeful that he will come home one day.
During an interview on Monday, Emalyn said she believed that her brother was still alive. Boban, 34, had gone out to fish with Shane Harbajan, 25 and captain David Williams, 39, on August 19, 2018 when they were accosted by Venezuelan pirates.
“We do not know where he is but we feel maybe he is locked up somewhere in Venezuela because we never had any money to pay any ransom for him,” she said.
Since his disappearance, Emalyn said she went to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and lodged a complaint.
“The police told me that they had no leads but they said the boat captain came home but nobody has seen him,” Emalyn said. She added that her family has been distraught since Boban went missing.
Earlier this year, Boban wrote to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith asking him to look into the disappearance. She said she received a response in March saying that the TTPS had conducted investigations into the disappearance. The TTPS said that Moruga police were continuing investigations.
Anyone with information on the case can contact the Moruga police at 656-7001.
Over the past year, as Venezuela’s socio-economic crisis intensifies, criminal gangs in the Venezuelan state of Sucre have been trying to dominate the drug trafficking route from the country’s coast to the Caribbean.
- by Radhica De Silva. Photo by Kristian De Silva.