The mother of a St John man who has been missing for over three weeks is praying for her son’s safe return home.
The sudden disappearance of 43-year-old George Bailey on October 20, has shaken both his mum, Joycelyn Bailey, and the entire community of Sherburne, St John.
Neighbours have launched a search party in an effort to locate the father-of-four, but have been unsuccessful so far.
His mother said the last time she saw George, who lives next door, was on Thursday. October 19, when he returned home from work.
“I saw him the Thursday before he went missing when he came in,” she said, while expressing deep concern about his whereabouts.
“I am concerned. He is my child. That’s my son. I am not seeing him and you know as a mother how I would feel. I’m not seeing my son and it has been three weeks,” the 64-year-old mother said.
Joycelyn added that since her fourth child had vanished, she had been encouraged by her church members to remain strong.
However, she told Barbados TODAY George’s sister, Betty Bailey, was having a tough time coming to grips with her brother’s disappearance, and has been hospitalized on a number of occasions as a result.
“Everybody just really worried about George. His sister right now, she in the hospital worrying about the fact that she isn’t seeing him. They are really close. This is three times she has been in the hospital because of that. It has been really taking a toll on the whole family.”
The mother described George as a hard working landscaper who enjoys socializing with friends, but who always returns home.
“This is not regular. I don’t know where he gone. He would normally go out and spend time with his friends, then he would come back in. Now it get to the point where we not seeing him at all,” she lamented.
Local media reports today stated that the missing man’s car was found at Clifton Hall, St John.
However, Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Inspector Roland Cobbler has denied this.
In fact, Joycelyn said her son’s car was never missing, explaining that it had broken down shortly before George disappeared and he had asked a neighbour to tow it home.
“Our neighbour said he gave him the keys to the car because it had broken down, so he wanted it tow home. That is what he told me when I asked him if he saw George. But his car was never missing,” she said.