Zephaniah Harripaul

Crime Stoppers is offering a $100,000 cash reward for any information that will lead to the safe return of Zephaniah Harripaul.

This was made public in an advertisement issued by the anonymous tip organisation yesterday.

“Do you have any information or suspicions about this disappearance? Have you heard someone speaking about this?” the ad stated.

Today (Monday) makes it 26 days since Harripaul, a shift supervisor at Tucker Energy Services Limited in Chaguaramas, was allegedly abducted from his place of work.

Investigating officers are saying they have no new leads in cracking the case, making any arrests and/or finding him.

However, although this may be the case with the police and members of the Hunters Rescue and Search Team, who also have had no luck in finding him, Harripaul’s brother, Stephen, has made it clear that “this is not the time to give up.”

Harripaul’s relatives had not spoken to the media on his disappearance of late but after a few days of absence from social media, Stephen posted the following on his Facebook page last Wednesday: “For we walk by faith (What God has said and what He can and will do) and not by sight (What men have said and what men can do) (2 Corinth 5:7). Something powerful is happening!!! Now is not the time to give up. This Battle is the Lord’s in Jesus’ name.”

Stephen, his family, close friends and church congregants engaged in a seven-day prayer and fasting session for Harripaul’s safe return days after his disappearance. However, to date, the family has had no favourable response or any leads into his whereabouts.

Several areas, including Chaguaramas, Carenage and Diego Martin, have been searched so far by the Hunters Search and Rescue Team for Harripaul, 33, of O’Meara Road, Arima, but the team has had no success.

So far in the investigations, police have identified a suspect whom they say may be able to assist them but they have been unable to locate him to date for questioning. That person of interest, according to police, is the registered owner of the getaway car used. Police have also retrieved, viewed and analysed the CCTV footage from the morning of the incident.

According to police report, at about 6 pm on February 16, Harripaul arrived at his workplace at 1st Avenue, Chaguaramas. At about 9.30 pm, a vehicle, licensed PBR-5212, entered the compound and the driver indicated he was on route to collect something from someone. The report said Harripaul was last seen at 2.05 am on February 17, when he told a co-worker he was going to collect a flashlight. About 10 minutes after, the car that entered the compound earlier was seen exiting the compound in convoy with Harripaul’s vehicle, a silver-grey Tucson PCU 3884, when a security officer motioned both vehicles to stop. A man then got out Harripaul’s vehicle and entered the suspects’ vehicle, which then sped out the compound.

To date, there has been no ransom demand for Harripaul’s safe return.

Anyone with information about Harripaul’s whereabouts is asked to contact the police at 555, 999 or 800-TIPS or www.crimestopperstt.com