JAM | Sep 18, 2023

Police deny reports of a suspect taken into custody in Paulwell’s missing daughter case

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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The missing baby mother and daughter of opposition lawmaker Phillip Paulwell, Toshyna Patterson and Sarayah Pauwell, who have been missing since Saturday, September 9, 2023. (Photo: Corporate Communications Unit)

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is denying reports that a person of interest was taken into custody on the weekend in the probe of a member of parliament’s missing daughter and her mother.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Constabulary Communications Unit (CCU) of the JCF, told Our Today that the reports are false.

“We don’t have anyone in custody that was taken off an aircraft. We saw that story, but that was not the case… we don’t have a person in custody,” Lindsay insisted when contacted today.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that the police had apprehended a person of interest who was removed from an aircraft at one of Jamaica’s international airports. The alleged suspect was also said to have been on a travel watch list and was reportedly questioned by authorities.

“We are trying to make some in-road in the investigation, but they are not there yet, so they are still working,” she told Our Today.

Toshyna Patterson and 10-month-old Sarayah Pauwell, the daughter of Member of Parliament for Kingston East and Port Royal Phillip Paulwell, were reported missing on September 9. According to the Half-Way Tree police, the mother and her child were last seen standing by the gate of their residence on Gilmour Drive in St Andrew.

Patterson was described as having a dark complexion, a slim build, and a height of approximately 163 centimeters (5 feet 4 inches). Sarayah is of dark complexion and stands at approximately 75 centimeters in height, wearing a pink onesie.

Persons with any useful information that can lead to their safe return are asked to contact the police. A reward of J$500,000 is being offered.


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