Family wants help to find missing Spanish teacher

Eight months have passed since Span­ish teacher Su­san May­nard dis­ap­peared with­out a trace, but her fam­i­ly has not giv­en up hope that she will be found alive.

With the help of a pro­fes­sion­al, the fam­i­ly cre­at­ed three pho­tographs of what May­nard could be look­ing like now.

In the pho­tos May­nard’s fa­cial fea­tures are slight­ly al­tered and the hair­style is dif­fer­ent.

“We are ask­ing every­one to take a care­ful look at these pho­tos and if they have seen her or know of her where­abouts to please con­tact the po­lice,” ap­pealed her moth­er Claris­sa Jones, 65.

May­nard, who will cel­e­brate her 42nd birth­day on Au­gust 26, went miss­ing on Sep­tem­ber 4, 2018, un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances which con­tin­ue to baf­fle her fam­i­ly.

She was last seen by her moth­er around 1.30 pm when she left home to buy a phone card at a near­by par­lour, along the Ca­roni Sa­van­nah Road, in Ch­agua­nas.

In an email sent to the Guardian Me­dia, the fam­i­ly said, “Some­one must have seen her. We are there­fore plead­ing that any­one with in­for­ma­tion, please come for­ward and con­tact her moth­er or the po­lice so that we may en­sure her safe re­turn.”

The fam­i­ly be­lieves some­one might be hold­ing her against her will.

“We know that if she was able to re­turn home, she would have. Thus, we are ap­peal­ing if any­one has her to re­lease her. She is not well and needs to be un­der med­ical su­per­vi­sion.We place a pho­to of her show­ing how she may look now.”

De­spite the tor­ture they are feel­ing, the fam­i­ly urged oth­er fam­i­lies fac­ing sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions not to give up hope.

“We feel for any fam­i­ly who is fac­ing an or­deal such as this. We can on­ly say to those fam­i­lies, ‘don’t give up, keep pray­ing and nev­er lose hope.”

Jones be­lieves her daugh­ter, the fourth of her six chil­dren, will one-day re­turn to her. “As her moth­er I know she is still alive and out there. I just have a feel­ing.”

She said the past eight months have been very dif­fi­cult for the fam­i­ly.

“We have put fliers through­out Trinidad and To­ba­go and we have not got­ten any re­sponse. We got some in­for­ma­tion, but when the po­lice went to check, it was false.”

Jones said the po­lice are still search­ing for her. Re­call­ing the last day she saw her daugh­ter, she said May­nard went to a doc­tors’s ap­point­ment, but when she re­turned home she was not feel­ing her­self.

When her daugh­ter did not re­turn home from the par­lour, Jones said she con­tact­ed her son who is a po­lice­man and then they made a re­port at the po­lice sta­tion.

Their in­quires re­vealed that May­nard got to the en­trance of the par­lour but turned back, nev­er to be seen again.

May­nard did not have her cell­phone with her. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is be­ing asked to con­tact the po­lice or May­nard’s fam­i­ly at 341-7952 or 399-1034.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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