Bunny Wailer of­fers J$1m re­ward for info on wife

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - YASMINE PERU STAR Writer

Are­ward of J$1 mil­lion is now on the table for any­one who has in­for­ma­tion that can lead to the where­abouts of Jean ‘Sis­ter Jean’ Watt, the ‘wife’ of reg­gae le­gend Bunny Wailer.

Watt, 70, who is dread­locked and about five feet, three inches tall, went miss­ing from her home in Wash­ing­ton Gar­dens one month ago, and de­spite sev­eral ‘sight­ings’ in ar­eas of St Cather­ine and Portland, she has still not been found.

“We in­creased the re­ward from $250,000 to $1 mil­lion, and we have also hired a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor,” Bunny Wailer’s son, Abi­jah, told THE STAR.

Max­ine Stowe, Bunny Wailer’s man­ager, ex­plained that the $250,000 re­ward had brought in sev­eral tips but no suc­cess.

In the weeks fol­low­ing Watt’s disappeara­nce, there were re­ports that she had been seen in St Cather­ine and Portland, specif­i­cally Port An­to­nio and Buff Bay.

“We are fol­low­ing up every sight­ing. Fly­ers have been printed, and check­ing in with the po­lice sta­tions and the var­i­ous hos­pi­tals is a daily rou­tine. At least three cars are driv­ing around every day,” Stowe out­lined.


She dis­closed that the per­son­nel at the Duhaney Park Po­lice Sta­tion, where the ini­tial re­port was made, are very ac­tive in fol­low­ing up any sub­stan­tive leads and that many grass­roots com­mu­ni­ties are very in­volved be­cause of the pub­lic­ity that is be­ing given to find­ing Bunny Wailer’s part­ner of 50 years.

White Horses in St Thomas, where Watts’ mother lived, Span­ish Town, Port­more, and Trench Town are also be­ing tar­geted in the search.

A sur­veil­lance tape that shows Watt leav­ing home on Satur­day, May 23, has re­vealed that she was wear­ing a brown dress with a black stock­ing cap on her head.

“Sis­ter Jean was walk­ing very briskly, al­most like a lit­tle run at times, and she also had her usual big bag with her,” Stowe told THE STAR.

She added that the fam­ily is keep­ing a watch­ful eye on Bunny Wailer, whose health is also of para­mount con­cern fol­low­ing a mild stroke two years ago.

“Jah B (Wailer’s nick­name) con­tin­ues to be med­i­cally se­questered, so al­though he is very wor­ried, the med­i­ca­tion he is re­ceiv­ing en­sures that the added stress is not tak­ing a toll on his body. Of course, the fact that Sis­ter Jean has de­men­tia is our great­est worry be­cause she no longer has that abil­ity to re­call all she needs to in or­der to find her own way back home,” Stowe said.

The fam­ily, she stated, re­mains hope­ful and is an­tic­i­pat­ing a break­through soon.


Pedes­tri­ans walk through bar­ri­cades yes­ter­day in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, USA, where streets are blocked off in what has been named the Capi­tol Hill Oc­cu­pied Protest zone. Po­lice pulled back from sev­eral blocks of the city’s neigh­bour­hood near the Po­lice De­part­ment’s East Precinct build­ing ear­lier in the month af­ter clashes with peo­ple protest­ing the death of Ge­orge Floyd.


Jean Watt

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