‘Mi can’t live without her’
Sad Father’s Day as man’s only daughter remains missing
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.
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.”