Retired justice Sir Frederick ‘Sleepy’ Smith is not hiding how he feels about the suspected abduction of his sister-in-law.
Sir Frederick told Barbados TODAY this afternoon he was simply “flabbergasted” by the situation, which led to the disappearance of 75-year-old Marcelle Smith, who has been missing for over a week now and he wants “the bastard” caught.
“I am sad about it. It has taken me by surprise. I am completely flabbergasted at her disappearance and I wonder who could have done it and why?”
The retired jurist said his brother Aurelius, who is a retired Lodge School principal and his wife Marcelle had visited him at his home just recently after he had broken his thigh.
“I am really home-bound [and] learning to walk again; and she and her husband, who was headmaster of Lodge, came to see me just before she disappeared.”
His comments came in the wake of a search this morning for the Farm Road, St Philip mother.
In a joint operation, 43 Barbados Defence Force soldiers and 28 officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force descended on Lowlands, Christ Church around 5:15 a.m. where they conducted a three-hour intense search.
“There was some information obtained that led us to that area, nothing significant was discovered and the search is ongoing, said police spokesman David Welch following the exercise.
Just yesterday, Smith’s daughter Tanya and her son Roger made another public plea for help in locating their missing mom.
At a news conference they suggested that the elderly woman was abducted.
“Our mother Marcelle Smith is missing. No one has seen or heard from her since Tuesday, the 13th of October. Our father is retired Lodge School headmaster Auri [Aurelius] Smith and we’re appealing to the public and the Lodge School network to help us locate her.”
She added that her mother’s last known location was Farm Road, St Philip and they were working with the police in their investigation.
“She is medically and mentally fit and does not have diabetes and I can confirm she did not travel outside of the island.
“Any information, however small, please pass it on to the police. We have flyers with her pictures on social media and posted throughout the island. Please help us,” she pleaded.
Tanya Smith arrived here from London, where she resides, while her brother flew in from New York to search for their mother.
“It’s been very hard because we don’t live in the country so myself and my brother have just arrived here so we’re just trying to focus on what we can do to get information to locate her,” she told Barbados TODAY.
“She’s my mother, she’s happy, she’s wonderful. She’s missing and we want to find her,” Smith continued.
Smith’s car, which she was driving when she vanished, has since been found abandoned at Culloden Road, St Michael.
Police have pledged to continue their probe in this latest mystery even as a $5,000 reward remains in place for anyone who could supply information that leads to her being found.