The now frequent disappearing acts by a Spring Farm, St Thomas teenager have forced her grandparents to live in a state of constant fear for her life.
Nineteen-year-old Shanice Nurse this morning left the home she shares with grandparents Patrick and Veltina Nicholas, and had yet to return up to the time of publication.
Her disappearance came one day after she returned home, right after police had issued a second bulletin seeking the public’s assistance in locating her, and a month after she had vanished on June 12, seemingly without a trace.
“She came home on Tuesday night and stayed home and I was so shocked. Then this morning she disappeared and say she coming back, but I don’t know if she will,” the grandfather told Barbados TODAY.
Shanice has become a regular in police bulletins, with lawmen issuing frequent appeals for information about her whereabouts.
By now her name, as well as height, size and complexion – she is 5’ 6” tall and stoutly built, with a light brown complexion and brown eyes – must be well known to readers.
The first bulletin was issued in May last year, followed by September 2016.
While police usually announce when a missing person has been found, they do not reveal where the person had been during the period of absence.
Nicholas, who, along with his wife all but raised Shanice – her father is blind and her mother is out of the picture, they said – revealed that the teenager has said she was visiting her boyfriend.
However, he told Barbados TODAY no one has ever met or talked to him, leaving them to wonder if he really exists.
The worried Nicholas, who is in his 70s, said his wife, who is bedridden after suffering a stroke, and whose vision is now impaired, had not taken the teen’s latest disappearance well.
He said the grandmother, also in her 70s, had been crying all day and night.
In fact, during the visit to the elderly couple’s home, the Barbados TODAY team heard Veltina crying: “I want my granddaughter”.
Nicholas, who also suffers from poor vision due to cataract and glaucoma, said Shanice’s childhood was relatively normal, although her brain had not been fully developed.
“She was good child. She went to Hillaby Turners Hall, but since she didn’t pass her exams [Common Entrance] she went to the Learning Centre, then she went up to Challenor,” he said.
“It [the behavioural change] is almost a shock. She was a very good student in attending class and particularly an engaging student, but all of sudden she like she turn foolish,” he said, suggesting the teen was influenced by bad company.
He said he was at a loss as to what to do, and he was considering counselling for her, or inviting police to step in.
“I may have to take her to doctor to find out what is wrong . . . or she will have to start reporting to the police station because she doesn’t listen, or they will come for her, ” the grandfather said.