Joint searches continue; COP deeply concerned over missing WPC

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:30

A statement by the Police Service says acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams is deeply concerned about the disappearance of WPC Nayasha Joseph.

The statement is calling on members of the public to come forward with information and says joint searches are continuing.

The following is the statement by the Police Service.

"Commissioner of Police (Ag.), Stephen Williams, states that he remains deeply concerned about the whereabouts of No. 20234 WPC Nayasha Joseph following her sudden disappearance on Thursday 9th March, 2017.

Commissioner Williams assures the family of WPC Joseph and the national community that every effort is being made to return the officer safely to her loved ones.

He notes that in addition to the searches being carried out, he joins with the rank and file of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in the on-going prayer vigil for WPC Joseph.

On Friday 10th March, 2017, a large scale search operation of the Beetham Gardens and Sea Lots areas was mounted after the officer failed to report for duty.

The Police Service is being assisted in the search by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and the Air Guard. 

WPC Joseph, 22, enlisted into the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on November 10th, 2016, and is attached to the Morvant Police Station.

She was last seen by her colleagues on March 9th, 2017.

Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Radcliff Boxill, of the Criminal Investigations Department, is appealing to the public to come forward and assist with the investigation into the disappearance of WPC Joseph.

No. 14505 Sgt. Ulric Benjamin, WPC Joseph’s reporting officer, glowingly reviewed the young officer in the following manner:

“WPC Joseph is a person of good character, very professional and willing to go the extra mile. She has always been a willing participant on exercises and even though she’s only been on board for several months already has several cases in the court. She’s a budding officer who has shown a lot of potential. WPC Joseph views the job as a career and not just a work. She also has the respect of her colleagues,” he said.

Over the weekend the search for WPC Joseph extended to the waters off Sea Lots and parts of the Caroni River. The joint search exercise resumed today."