I WANT MY DAUGH­TER FOR CHRIST­MAS

Mother of miss­ing woman begs for her re­turn

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR - SI­MONE MOR­GAN-LINDO STAR Writer

It has been lit­tle more than seven months since Rac­quel ‘Bub­bles’ Ric­guard last saw her daugh­ter, An­neka ‘Mappy’ Thomp­son.

The 23-year-old went miss­ing in April af­ter her mother sent her to de­liver food on Waltham Park Road, St An­drew.

Mappy did not reach the in­tended des­ti­na­tion, and Ric­guard and her fam­ily have not rested since.

The per­son af­fected the most is Thomp­son’s four-year-old daugh­ter, whose only wish is to be re­united with her mother for Christ­mas.

“She young, but she un­der­stand ev­ery­thing. She keeps won­der­ing if her madda dead be­cause peo­ple a drive it in her head. We try to build her hopes up, and she keep on a say she be­hav­ing her­self be­cause she know if she is good, God gonna send home her mommy. The other day she ask if mi think duppy can hear when she a talk,” Ric­guard said.

The mother said Mappy is a wit­ness in an on­go­ing court mat­ter and should have re­turned to court two days af­ter she dis­ap­peared.

Mappy, who re­sides with her fam­ily in Ge­orge’s Lane in cen­tral Kingston, told her mother that men from the area had fired shots in her di­rec­tion at a dance, weeks be­fore she went miss­ing. She stated that she wasn’t the one who alerted the po­lice, but when she went back to the dance to en­quire why her daugh­ter was at­tacked, the cops were al­ready on the scene. Ric­guard said Mappy was even plan­ning to drop the case she was in­volved in. “But she never reach back (at court), and all now I don’t know what hap­pen to my daugh­ter,” she said.

NEED CLO­SURE

She de­scribed Mappy as a kind­hearted in­di­vid­ual, who al­ways had the in­ter­est of oth­ers close to her heart. “I re­mem­ber when a lit­tle girl was shot on Fleet Street, Mappy was the one who or­gan­ised a road march and lead the pro­ces­sion that lashed out against the killing. Now she is miss­ing, and I can’t get any an­swers. I just need clo­sure,” the tear­ful mother said. Ric­guard is mak­ing an­other plea to Ja­maicans to as­sist with the search for her daugh­ter, who she is hop­ing will be home for the Yule­tide sea­son. “Come on Ja­maica, our daugh­ters are miss­ing too of­ten. We need to rise up and take back our is­land. It pains my heart ev­ery time my grand­daugh­ter ask when is her mommy com­ing home, or if she ask why her mommy don’t want to come home. Please tell me what I should tell to this baby girl about her mother when I don’t even know what is hap­pen­ing,” she said.

In this May Ric­guard 2018 photo, holds Rac­quel daugh­ter, a photo ‘Bub­bles’ An­neka of her miss­ing ‘Mappy’ Thomp­son.

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