Prime Minister Andrew Holness was among several heavyweights in Jamaican society expressing relief after missing nine-year-old Phylisa Prussia was found safe on Saturday (October 16).
But as soon as the nine-year-old had been located, search parties were again being organised for a second child who was reported missing in the parish.
Thirteen-year-old Winshae Barrett, of Rhyne Road in Bath, St Thomas, was reported missing on Saturday.
Reports from the Bath Police are that Winshae was last at home about 3:30 p.m., wearing a blue pullover, a blue skirt and a pair of black slippers.
While the national attention has waned considerably, there are calls from all sectors of the society for attention to be given to missing children.
Among those calling for the nation to “stamp out predatory activities” is Minister of Culture and Gender, Olivia Grange, as she put in a plea for assistance for Barrett’s family.
“Our prayers have been answered. I would like to commend the police, the many citizens and the organisations who conducted the search for Phylisa. But sadly, I note the reports today that 13-year-old, Winshae Barrett of Rhyne Road also in Bath is missing,” she said.
“We must come together and redouble our efforts to stamp out these predatory activities carried out on our children which bedevil our society,” she added.
Popular entertainer Popcaan has echoed a similar message, noting that it was necessary to rid the parish of people who prey on children.
“Another girl missing same person please share everyone 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 Look like nuh police nuh dey a st Thomas,” said Popcaan in an Instagram post.
“A me and a me bike unu have strength fa??? #Weirdos!!! The people of st thomas get moving find this rapist on your own Unite and look everywhere,” he added.