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Police Continue to Appeal to the Public For Assistance for Safe Return of Missing Men


Basseterre, St. Kitts (RSCNPF): As investigations into two missing person reports continue, the Police are also continuing to implore persons to come forward and assist with their safe return.

Twenty-six-year-old Ashton James of Taylors Village was reported missing by his girlfriend who last saw him on June 11, 2021, at about 8 a.m. He was last seen by a friend at Ponds Pasture wearing a red, short-sleeve shirt and brown pants. Sixty-eight-year-old Purcel Hope of Newtown was reported missing by his son who last saw him in Stapleton on June 19, 2021, at about 7 p.m. He was wearing a black tam on his head, a brown shirt, green pants and no shoes.

Superintendent with responsibility for Crime, James Francis, assured the people of St. Kitts and Nevis that the Police are following every lead.

“In both cases, we have conducted several searches in a number of areas. We have interviewed several individuals. We have collected several items of evidential value. We are trying to piece together all the information we have, but we need as much assistance as possible. A big part of our investigations includes the information passed on to us by the persons who might have seen something or heard something or know something. For example, we have visited the Molineaux area because persons reported having seen Mr. Hope in that village and, so, Officers went to the locations where it was said he was seen and surrounding areas,” Superintendent Francis disclosed.

He added that the investigations to date have been “extensive” and said that the goal was to ensure the missing men were safe and have them returned home to their families.

“So, we are pleading with the general public to lend any assistance they can and call the Basseterre Police Station at 465-2241, their nearest Police Station or the crime hotline at 707 to give any tips they might have and we will follow up,” he urged.

The Superintendent had made a similar appeal on a recent edition of the Policing With You radio programme. He said that any information shared would be kept in strict confidence.


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