Sharon Callender is a woman of great faith, but this faith is being tested by the disappearance of her son, who went missing last week, and the thought of never seeing him alive again.
Police said Daquan St Hill of Dash Valley, St George was last seen by his father, Anderson St Hill, on Friday, February 9 in the area of Bums Variety around 7:30 p.m.
The former St George Secondary School student was wearing a pink short sleeves V-neck shirt, a pair of blue faded three-quarter jeans and a pair of brown leather slippers.
For four hours yesterday, between 6:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., 30 soldiers and 20 police officers, including members of the Canine Unit, scoured Dash Valley and surrounding districts in search of Daquan, who celebrated his 20th birthday last month.
That the search proved futile was heart wrenching for Callender, who said she had not eaten and has been living a nightmare since her son’s disappearance.
Worried that he might be dead, the mournful mum told Barbados TODAY in an emotional interview at her home this afternoon, the experience was even more numbing because Daquan seldom left home.
“Honest to God I just feel so numb. It got me feel so shock in a way because I know my son and he is no person who would go away from home, not even for a night. He likes to draw up under me and his grandmother. He would never go anywhere without his tablet because he likes music a lot, and the mere fact that the tablet was found in somebody else possession I know something was wrong with Daquan,” Callender said.
“I will not tell you a lie, I know in my heart that my son is not alive. If my son was alive I know he would find some way to communicate with us so we can know something, but we have heard nothing at all. I know in my heart that he is dead.”
Callender, a member of the Mapp Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, said the last time she saw her son, whom she affectionately refers to as Willy, was the day he is believed to have gone missing.
“I saw Daquan Friday morning when he came up from his grandmother . . . I went to church on Sabbath and we were at church until about 6 o’clock because we are entering crusade mode, so when I came home I asked her [Daquan’s sister] if Willy went here and she said no, so I thought he went down by his grandmother, but he wasn’t there.
“On Saturday morning his father was all about the place asking people if they see Daquan but nobody saw him, but he was missing from the Friday night. He asked everyone who we knew he would get in contact with and nobody knew,” she said.
The 43-year-old mother-of-five, who lost her home in a fire back in 2010, is desperate to find her son, even if it is the retrieval of his body.
“All I would like is for them to find the body for sure. Not knowing everyday it makes me feel like I’m going insane. There is a saying that no news is good news but I am not saying so. Let me hear something. Everyday I am hoping that they would say his body was found. I know it will hurt, but I would know for sure. I don’t want my son to be another person that went missing and was never found. I just want anyone who knows anything to say something.
“I would honestly like if they killed him to tell the police where his body is. If he living tell the police where he is because I know my son might got his ways but isn’t disrespectful or never liked noise,” she said.
Callender told Barbados TODAY she believed foul play was involved and Daquan was set up based on a text message he received prior to his disappearance.
“I understand the police have some fellas holding but I know some fellas had beat him up some time [ago]. But somebody was telling me he got a text and the person told him to come and meet him and it was on the tablet. That is how I feel this thing happen.
“The person that took his tablet took out the memory card and wiped the tablet and went to sell it, but the person didn’t buy it and we retrieved it. I then heard police had persons in questioning, including the same persons who had his tablet,” she concluded.