When Gwendolyn Hope woke up Saturday morning and discovered that her 70-year-old mother Mildred Viola Wilkinson was missing from their Jury Road, Bridgefield, St Thomas home, she was hoping that the elderly woman just went on one of her routine walks and would soon return.
This morning, the body of the elderly woman was discovered in the Bridgefield community by police dogs in a bushy area, just four houses away from her home.
“I feel sorry for the way my mother died and she died so close to home. I had hoped that she would come back home. I know she would walk and go by my family in the back further across, or she would go on the front road, and the rest would send her back in. She would always come back home,” said a grieving Hope.
“I bawled from the time the dogs get there . . . . I say, ‘No, she right there’. I bawled. I didn’t believe that my mother was there and we searched down in there from the morning. I didn’t believe that my mother was right next door. But, that is life.”
Hope told Barbados TODAY that the discovery of her mother’s body shocked the family who have walked and searched the entire area since Saturday.
“I feel that she head just swing and she walk away. My daughter is who get up and see she [in the house] about two o’clock because she went to make a cup of coffee, and when she done make the coffee she went back in the bed. And then my son get up to go to work [and] that is when we realize that she was out the house,” Hope explained, adding that the side door was found wide open.
Wilson’s granddaughter Samantha Hope indicated that it would not have been easy to see the body because of where it was located.
“She was down behind a little incline.”
Samantha said her grandmother, who assisted in her upbringing, was a quiet woman and also a very kind and nice person.
“I telling you from experience; she was really good,” Samantha said.
Hope said she would surely Wilson, a mother of two, who was a former beach vendor who sold clothes she sewed to tourists.