KINGSTON, Jamaica - Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, says the authorities are nowhere closer to finding his missing 10-month-old daughter Sarayah and her mother, 27-year-old Toshyna Patterson.
The two were last seen at their Gilmore Drive, Kingston 20 home on the morning of September 9 but have not been seen since.
Paulwell gave the update during Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Representatives where he expressed thanks to his colleagues and the House staff for their support.
“Indeed all of Jamaica who have reached out to me over the last two weeks as I go through my own personal trial despite the fact that we are nowhere closer today than we were two weeks ago in finding my daughter Sarayah and her mother. But I do feel the prayers and it’s prayers from hundreds and hundreds of Jamaicans who have reached out,” Paulwell said.
“...In these times, sometimes your own faith can be weakened but I can assure you Madam Speaker and indeed this nation, my faith is stronger today than it has been,” he added.
The veteran MP also expressed thanks to the police for the work they have been doing “and to urge everybody to continue to pray so that they will be returned safe.”
It was reported in the media on September 15 that a person of interest whom the police believe can help in their investigations was removed from an aircraft at one of the island's two international airports as that person attempted to leave the island.
The individual was said to be cooperating with the police.
Paulwell has said that the situation with his missing child and her mother is “by far the most difficult thing I have ever had to navigate.”