A week after the disappearance of 14-year-old Doothmattie Persaud, also known as Emily, her parents are appealing to members of the public for their help in finding the teen who allegedly ran away from home on Thursday, September 1.
Persaud, who resides at Lot 30 Industry Crown Dam, East Coast Demerara, was last seen by her mother, Lalita Seegobin-Hussain, on September 1 at P&R Taxi Service at Lot 60 William and Queen Streets, Kitty, Georgetown, wearing a blue top, blue Capri pants and a pair of black slippers.
The teen’s mother reportedly went into labour on August 31, leaving Persaud and her younger brother in the care of her uncle. Her mother told INews that before she went to the hospital, she left money and jewellery with her daughter.
After Seegobin-Hussain gave birth, she saw her eldest daughter on the morning of September 1, and, according to her, her daughter seemed elated.
The teen’s mother said that shortly after the visit, Persaud called her and disclosed that she was unable to find a gold bangle which was left with her earlier.
“I said ‘how you loss it?’, and she said she put it in the bag and like somebody take it out. I say ‘alright, when I come home, I gon deal with it. I gotta discharge’,” Seegobin-Hussain said.
Upon meeting with her mother to discuss the issue, Persaud said that she was in the company of a friend prior to her discovery of the missing jewellery. A report about the matter was lodged at the Kitty Police Station.
The family continued their day as per normal; however, her mother realised around 16:00h that same day she had not seen Persaud.
After checking, she found a letter which was left by Persaud and which insinuated that she had run away
“… (it said) that she lost forever, she gone, that God bless me with a next daughter and she gone. Let I don’t stress, and let me don’t take on no worries, that whenever the time is right, she is going to come back,” the teen’s mother highlighted.
In tears, Seegobin-Hussain noted that since Persaud left the home, she has been trying to call her cellphone, but the last call on Saturday was answered by a man. “He was very abusive, he said he’s in Bartica and if I need to speak to my daughter, I have to talk money talk first.”
The distraught mother explained that since then, the cellular phone has been unreachable.
Seegobin-Hussain noted that this was not the first time that Persaud has opted to disappear, as a few years ago, she left the home for a few hours to visit her boyfriend at the time, unbeknownst to her parents.
The teen’s mother said that she has no knowledge of her daughter having another boyfriend.
The matter was reported to the Kitty Police Station and an investigation launched.
Seegobin-Hussain is requesting that anyone with information with regard to Doothmattie Persaud make contact with the nearest police station or contact her directly on 592-620-0191 or 592-684-1692.