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2nd postal worker missing

Police continue search, appeal for info

Saturday, October 20, 2012    

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TANDY Lewis's relatives, friends and co-workers are naturally worried.

The 30-year-old Post and Telecommunications Department employee has been missing for a number of days, reviving memories of the disappearance of her

co-worker, Barrington Davis, in late August this year.

In mid-September, the decomposing bodies of Davis, the postal department's deputy security chief, and a female companion, Patricia Lurmot-Barnswell, were found in a canefield in the Innswood Estate area of St Catherine.

Yesterday, the police said they were continuing their search for Lewis and appealed to anyone with information to call the Half-Way-Tree Police at

926-8184, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

The cops said a search of Lewis's apartment "came up empty-handed", and they were collecting statements from a number of individuals close to her.

Police say that Lewis went missing from last Saturday, but family members yesterday said they last communicated with her via social media on Tuesday this week.

"I last spoke to her on Facebook on Tuesday, but the last time I physically saw her was last week," said Nadia Lewis-Gorton, sister of the missing woman.

Lewis-Gorton made the disclosure while visiting the Postal Department where staff members were trying to stay calm.

Last night, Lewis-Gorton told the Jamaica Observer that she became "nervous" on Thursday when calls to her sister's cellphone went unanswered. She said she was trying to contact her sister when she heard a daytime talk show host saying that she needed to speak with Lewis on matters related to the Postal Department.

"I started feeling weird," said Lewis-Gorton. "It is unusual for me not to hear anything from my sister as she 'pings' (BlackBerry Messenger) me regularly to say 'good morning' and other random stuff.

"If I'm calling and she's in a meeting, she would inform me via BBM," she added.

Police, last night, said they did not believe that there was a connection between Lewis's disappearance and that of Davis. However, the management of the Postal Department were still trying to calm the nerves of staff members and hoping for Lewis's safe return.

Yesterday, Postmaster General Michael Gentles, in a press release, said the management and staff of the Post and Telecommunications Department viewed Lewis's disappearance with "great concern and consternation".

"While we continue to pray earnestly for her safe return, we have given our full support to her family and the police," Gentles said.

He, too, appealed to anyone who had information regarding Lewis's whereabouts to immediately contact the police.

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