‘Mi can’t live without her’

Sad Fa­ther’s Day as man’s only daugh­ter re­mains miss­ing

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - SI­MONE MOR­GAN-LINDO STAR Writer

Yes­ter­day was Fa­ther’s Day but Carl­ton Smith had noth­ing to smile about. In fact, he was moved to tears as he watched other fathers bask­ing in the mo­ment, know­ing that his daugh­ter, Theresa Smith, was nowhere to be found.

The 16-year-old Don­ald Quar­rie High School stu­dent has been miss­ing since March 23, and Smith said he has not slept peace­fully since.

“Not even ice cream mi and her can’t sid­dung and eat to­day (yes­ter­day). A bi­cy­cle mi ride go to and from work, and every time mi deh on the road mi nuh stop look fi har. Mi have four boys and she a mi only girl. To­day mi see peo­ple a pass with dem daugh­ter and mi nuh have mine round mi and eye wa­ter drop outta mi eye,” he said.

Re­ports from the Har­bour View po­lice in St An­drew are that Theresa was last seen at her Bayshore Park home about 10:15 a.m., wear­ing blue jeans and brown slip­pers. She was car­ry­ing a red hand­bag.

WELL-MAN­NERED CHILD

Smith said he as­sumes that when his daugh­ter left for down­town Kingston on the day she went miss­ing, she had gone to pur­chase a birth­day gift for her older brother.

He de­scribed the teenager as a hard­work­ing and well-man­nered child who usu­ally scores high marks in school and would nor­mally re­ceive impressive re­ports.

He stated that al­though he had got re­ports that she was seen in a sec­tion of Moun­tain View Av­enue, he fears that she might have been ab­ducted.

“Mi feel like when she go town in

March, smaddy stick her up and take her away be­cause my daugh­ter nah run left her home. April was her 16th birth­day and she wasn’t here to cel­e­brate and all mi coulda do was cry. She did tell mi say she wa go Devon House and mi save up the money fi she go but she wasn’t here,” he said.

He added, “Mi a beg unnu please, just send her home. Some­body know where she is and mi can’t live without mi daugh­ter. Is the one girl baby … mi can’t live without her. Mi cry till mi nuh have no more tears left.”

C ONTRIBUTED

Theresa Smith

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