No trace of missing woman after 1 year, family wants Cold Case Unit probe disappearance

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 10:45

To­day marks one year since 61-year-old Zo­ri­na Ma­ha­boob “dis­ap­peared in­to thin air.”


Her dis­ap­pear­ance, how­ev­er, has not on­ly left her im­me­di­ate fam­i­ly trau­ma­tised but al­so the en­tire close-knit neigh­bour­hood in Chase Vil­lage.

Her daugh­ter Shairoon Ram­per­sad is now call­ing on the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to have his of­fi­cers at the Cold Case Unit to in­ter­vene as she strong­ly be­lieve her moth­er is “alive and out there some­where.”

“I still look for­most every day I go out there and look on the streets and the malls, “ Ram­per­sad said.

Ma­ha­boob was well known and loved by all along the Old South­ern Main Road, Chase Vil­lage as she sold bha­gi on the road­side in front of her house.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lice of­fi­cers have seemed to reach a dead end in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions fol­low­ing the drain­ing of a near­by pond lo­cat­ed close to where she lived days af­ter she went miss­ing.

The of­fi­cers at the Freeport Po­lice Sta­tion from since Ma­ha­boob went miss­ing on Ju­ly 3, 2018 treat­ed the case as “very sen­si­tive.” The “sim­ple miss­ing per­son re­port” was sub­se­quent­ly hand­ed over to of­fi­cers of the An­ti Kid­nap­ping Squad and South­ern Homi­cide Bu­reau.

About one month af­ter she went miss­ing, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers, on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived and al­le­ga­tions point­ing to a close male rel­a­tive, led them to a near­by pond in search of a body. But, af­ter hours of drain­ing the pond the search turned up “un­suc­cess­ful.”

Ram­per­sad said when her moth­er went miss­ing she led her own search­es through­out the San Fer­nan­do Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal where she had left that day she went miss­ing to go clin­ic sev­er­al times. They al­so combed the area in San Fer­nan­do, in­clud­ing by King’s Wharf and by the bus Ter­mi­nal but with no luck.

An in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer ad­mit­ted that they have had no new in­for­ma­tion on the case.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Ma­ha­boob’s case can con­tact the po­lice at 555, 999, 800-TIPS (8477), 673-0026 or 482-GARY (4279).

Reporter: Rondhor Dowlat