A St Thomas mother is happy and grateful that her son, who had been missing for nine days, has been found alive.
However, speaking to the Barbados TODAY at her Cane Garden Park, St Thomas home this afternoon, Marsha Burton admitted that she was still very concerned for Javan, who is currently undergoing psychological evaluation at a Government institution.
“Even though I am happy to have my son back, he is still not back completely,” she said.
On May 7, via this newspaper, the mother sent out an appeal to the public for help in finding her 21-year-old son, who had been reported missing three days earlier.
Back then, she feared the worst, but she is grateful today that he is still alive.
Javan returned home last Wednesday after he was spotted by former work colleagues in Checker Hall, St Lucy. At the time, the young man appeared quite confused, and didn’t even seem to be aware that his family had been searching for him for well over a week.
“. . .. We knew then that he wasn’t all together there. He was not confused as in not knowing the time of the day or disoriented, but confused to the fact that he didn’t think his relatives would be worrying about him, which is unusual behaviour,” his mother explained.
She said for some reason her son appeared to be unhappy with himself, but declined to go into detail about his “challenges”, saying the family was “still trying to figure out what is going on”.
“We just want him to know that we love him and he has all the support from his family. When they found him, he was in amazement that he is missing. We asked him, ‘why didn’t you call’, and he still hasn’t answered that question yet,” she said.
Burton thanked members of the public for their assistance to the family, during their recent ordeal.
“I am relying on God to help me through,” she added.