Search con­tin­ues for Bunny Wailer’s spouse

Fam­ily of­fers re­ward

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - Yas­mine Peru/ Se­nior Gleaner Writer yas­mine.peru@glean­

IT HAS been two and a half weeks since Jean Watt, the spouse of leg­endary reg­gae singer Bunny Wailer, has gone miss­ing from the fam­ily home in Wash­ing­ton Gar­dens, St An­drew, and a re­ward is now on the table. How­ever, as the search in­ten­si­fies, there have been re­ports of ‘sight­ings’ in towns in Port­land, Dean­ery Road and sev­eral places in St Cather­ine. Also, a tape of her leav­ing the home from a sur­veil­lance cam­era across the street has now come into play.

“It [the tape] con­firms what ex­actly she was wear­ing when she left home, which is dif­fer­ent from what we ini­tially thought, the bag that she had with her and what time she left. It also con­firmed that a car had pulled up to the gate ear­lier, and that had caused her to go outside,” Max­ine Stowe, Bunny Wailer’s man­ager, told The Gleaner, adding that a $250,000 re­ward has brought in sev­eral tips.

Abi­jah, Bunny Wailer’s son, shared that Watt, who has mem­ory loss, which is one of the side ef­fects of de­men­tia, had on a brown dress, rather than a black top and brown bot­tom, as was stated on the miss­ing per­sons flier.


“She also had on her head a black stock­ing cap and she was car­ry­ing a black bag,” he told The Gleaner. This mode of dress, Abi­jah and Stowe pointed out, tied in to a re­port of a sighting re­ceived from some­one in Port An­to­nio two Wed­nes­days ago, days be­fore the fam­ily knew of the ex­is­tence of the sur­veil­lance tape.

“Even though the de­scrip­tion of the dress didn’t match up to what we thought she was wear­ing at the time, we drove to Port­land from we got the re­port, and have gone back on more than one oc­ca­sion. We have re­ceived an­other re­port that she was spot­ted in the Buff Bay area as well, so the search party has that en­tire re­gion in our sur­veil­lance. Ef­fort is also be­ing made to se­cure sur­veil­lance tapes from those ar­eas,” Abi­jah de­tailed.

The fam­ily says that Watt could pos­si­bly have had a suit of clothes and some money with her, now that the video re­vealed that she was car­ry­ing her usual large hand­bag.

“She reg­u­larly mis­placed what­ever money that was nom­i­nally given to her, as she no longer had that abil­ity to man­age funds. But she could have had be­tween $3,000-$5,000, and also the bag is big enough to hold an ex­tra suit of clothes rolled up,” Stowe sur­mised.

The feel­ing is that Sis­ter Jean, as she is called, could have been search­ing for a home in Port­land where she and Jah B lived for many years. “There is a farm down there, and that is per­haps where Sis Jean was head­ing. This type of be­hav­iour is con­sis­tent with per­sons who have de­men­tia. There are mem­ory prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber­ing re­cent events, but the long-term mem­ory is more or less in­tact, so they go to the place they were born or lived for a while,” Stowe noted.

She also told The Gleaner that sev­eral sight­ings have been made in St Cather­ine, the most re­cent be­ing in Macka Tree, but that one in par­tic­u­lar proved dis­turb­ing.

“The peo­ple were say­ing that Sis Jean was lay­ing down con­di­tions about who she wanted to pick her up, and af­ter fol­low­ing it up, it led nowhere. So the po­lice is even more deeply in­volved.” The next step, she says will be to get a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Stowe said that Watt’s con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated in the last three years and since then, the fam­ily has been es­pe­cially pro­tec­tive of her, en­sur­ing that her needs are met and that she is happy. Jah B, Stowe told The Gleaner, con­tin­ues to watch ev­ery day, hop­ing for news of his part­ner of 50 years be­ing found. “We are mak­ing sure that phys­i­cally, Jah B is re­ceiv­ing all the med­i­cal at­ten­tion nec­es­sary and his con­di­tion right now is sta­ble,” she said of the orig­i­nal Wailer, whose move­ments have been cur­tailed as he re­cov­ers from a mild stroke which he suf­fered in late 2018.

Seventy-year-old Jean ‘Sis­ter Jean’ Watt, who is dread­locked and about five feet three inches tall, went miss­ing from her home in Wash­ing­ton Gar­dens on Satur­day, May 23.


Bunny Wailer (cen­tre) with his part­ner, Jean Watt, and son Abi­jah.

Jean Watt, Bunny Wailer’s spouse.

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