Relatives plead for public’s help in locating missing Essequibo Coast pensioner


The children and grandchildren of a Grant New Port, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) pensioner have been searching tirelessly for the senior over the past week after she went missing last Monday.

Missing: 73-year-old
Philommena Alfred

As routine, 73-year-old Philommena Alfred and her husband, 76-year-old George Alfred, left in the company of each other to visit Republic Bank’s Anna Regina location at about 11:00h on November 4, 2019.

Upon arrival, the older Alfred left his wife outside of the building and headed inside to conduct a transaction. However, upon his return, she was not there.

According to the couple’s granddaughter, Devika Ashby, who spoke to INews on Monday, her grandparents live alone and would usually go everywhere together and return together. As such, her disappearance came as a shock since these monthly visits to the bank were normal and such an incident never occurred.

Some hours after word spread that the pensioner was missing, several drivers in the area contacted the family, recalling that they saw the woman earlier in the day. However, apart from making a missing person’s report, a search party was formed by her sons and grandsons in an effort to find her, given that the senior suffers from memory loss.

“Apart from Monday, most bus drivers and taxi drivers saw her go down to Lima Sands, after Monday nobody ain’t see her back on to today…until now, the boys are in the backdam searching for her…sometimes she does lose her memory and regain it but she doesn’t lose it for long,” she stated.

The 73-year-old was last seen wearing a black flowered dress. Family members are urging anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact 666-7651 or the nearest police station.