THERE was a frantic search yesterday for 71-year-old retired Roman Catholic priest Father Charles Brown, who has been missing since Wednesday.
Fears about the churchman's safety grew even more yesterday after police reported that his motor vehicle was found abandoned the Mandela Highway in St Andrew late Thursday night.
Officials from the Roman Catholic Church, who yesterday reacted with shock at their colleague's disappearance, will this weekend hold a series of prayer meetings in 10 Catholic churches across the Corporate Area, Portland, and St Mary, with the hope that the retired priest will return safely. These are all churches with which the retired priest worked.
"The last time he was seen was about 7:30 on Wednesday during a meeting held at the church (Christ the Redeemer Human Resource Centre in Seaview Gardens)," Father Donald Chambers, vicar of administration in the Archdiocese of Kingston told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
"With the passing of each day members of the church community continue to grow even more worried and will be praying and hoping for his safe return," said Father Chambers.
Yesterday, during a visit to two communities where Brown worked, persons reacted with shock when they were informed about his disappearance.
"He is a nice person, very easy to talk to. He has really done a lot for the community and we are really praying that he will return home unharmed," a member of the St Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Bay Farm Road in Kingston told the Observer.
Similar sentiments were expressed during a visit to the Christ the Redeemer Human Resource Centre in Seaview Gardens, where Brown was last seen.
"We are really shocked and really hoping that our worst fears will not be realised," said an official at the centre, who said the last time she saw Brown was on Sunday when he preached during a service at St Patrick's Church.
Police said Father Brown was last seen dressed in a multicoloured, short sleeve shirt, blue pants and a pair of black shoes.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Father Charles Brown is asked to contact the Duhaney Park police at 933-4280, 119 or the nearest police station.