The son of a St Joseph woman who has been missing for the past five days is prepared for the worst, but still hoping for the best.
Police say 66-year-old Gloria Mayers of Cleavers Hill, St Joseph was last seen around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28 by residents in Gaggs Hill in the same parish.
Mayers’ sudden disappearance has left members of her family quite shaken, especially the eldest of four children, Junior Edghill, who said he had a conversation with his mother just before leaving home around four o’ clock on Wednesday and everything seemed fine.
However, about two hours later, he got a call from his stepfather alerting him to her disappearance.
“I left home just after four o’clock . . . and she was talking good,” he told Barbados TODAY.
However, he said his mother was later picked up on surveillance cameras leaving home “just four minutes behind me [and] walking fast”.
Since then, Edghill said he had also received reports that she was spotted in St Elizabeth Village, St Joseph sitting under a tree.
“I am not sure what has gone wrong. She is not a weak person; she just has a slight case of diabetes. I don’t want to [think] the worst, but right now this is going onto five days and I’m not sure,” the distraught son said.
And while stating that “wandering is not something she would normally do”, he revealed that “the last time she did anything like this was sometime late last year when she went to Foster Hall [St John] before coming back to Bathsheba [St Joseph] where someone gave her a ride home”.
On that occasion, “when we asked her where she was going she said she was just going for a walk so we didn’t pay it any mind because she isn’t accustomed walking away. But we know that she was forgetting a little, but not to the extent that she would walk away”, Edghill said, suggesting that his mother was showing early signs of Alzheimer’s.
However, this time seems different. Instead of half an hour, she has now been missing for five days and her son is at his wits end.
He explained that since her retirement, his mum hardly leaves the house. In fact, she generally did not go anywhere.
“She would not go into town, but she would still use the stove, make her breakfast, and bathe, and clean the yard. She normally helps the old man take care of the animals on evenings, rest and get something to eat. She doesn’t go anywhere, she is always home,” he stressed.
Both he and his brother have been searching feverishly throughout the surrounding districts looking for their mother, but so far to no avail.
“I hear people talking about missing somebody. People who were never in a situation like this always say, ‘Man, you will find them. That body just trying to get away for little while’. But now that it has happened to me, I know how it feels,” he said between tears.
“The first night when I was looking for her around 11:30 the rain began to fall and the wind was blowing hard and that made me cry. I was just wondering where my mother could be. You can’t imagine how somebody feels until it happens to you,” he stressed, adding that “I just hope she comes home safe.”
“People are telling me to keep hope alive, but I know if my mother was alive and strong she would have been walking along some road. She can’t walk through the bush for five days. I don’t know what to think,” he told Barbados TODAY. firstname.lastname@example.org