'Missing' woman contacts police; says she & her children are safe

The missing woman and her three children have contacted police to say that they are safe but do not wish to return to their home.

Veronica Young contacted officers at the Penal Police Station this afternoon to say that there is no need for a search to continue for her or her daughters, and should not be regarded as "missing".

She indicated that she is staying at a house in South Trinidad but her exact location is not being made public, as Young says she does not wish for others to know where she is.

This comes following calls by the family for police to act swiftly to find the missing woman and children.

One family member,  Bhagwanie Sookoo, of Mohess Road, Penal, said she has not been able to eat or sleep since the family, Vanessa, 10, Marisha, seven, and Calissa, two, went 'missing' along with their mother.

Sookoo is the mother of Young and grandmother of the children.

All three are students of Penal Government school and Sookoo said she did not think that Young walked out of their lives with her daughters leaving her husband Marcus and son Antonio, 12, behind.

“I wish they were here. On Saturday, I went to get an injection and when I asked her where she was going, she said to San Fernando.

There was no misunderstanding or argument. They looked okay. They had no bags or anything to show that they were leaving for good so I think something bad must have happened,” Sookoo said.

Step-father-in-law Baldeo Samaroo said he dropped Young and her three daughters on the SS Erin Road to get a taxi to go to San Fernando on Saturday.

“I was in shock when they called me on Saturday night to say none of them came back home. I took care of Marisha. She used to stay with me. I used to take them out to the mall. For her birthday she said she wanted a phone. I hope she will be here for her birthday,” Samaroo said.

Sister-in-law Annette Ali said a report had been made to the police but no one had been searching for the family.


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