A mother desperate for answers has flown to the Cayman Islands with one goal - to find out what happened to her daughter.
Jaesha Hendrix, also known as Jaesha Solomon, has been missing since the morning of Friday 23 October. According to police, the 21 year-old woman was last seen at Lakeside Apartments where she lived.
Now, her mother, Edith Mae Scott, who is originally from Cayman Brac, has come home from Florida to locate her.
“I came down to the Cayman Islands because the last time that I spoke to my daughter she was upset, tremendously upset. I told her to get on the plane and come to the United States to me. Then the next day I got a telephone call from a constable telling me that my daughter is missing. So, I got on the plane immediately and came,” she said in an interview with Cayman Weekly on Sunday.
“I am not going to leave this island until I find my daughter and I see her physically, either if she is dead or if she is alive,” Ms Scott vowed, having flown to Grand Cayman on a one-way ticket.
On Friday, one week after Miss Hendrix reportedly went missing, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) issued a bulletin appealing to anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Criminal Investigation Department at George Town Police Station on 949-4222.
Ms. Scott, resolute in her mission to find her daughter and bring closure, has been waiting at the lobby of the police station, hoping someone will come forward with the information she desperately needs to find her daughter or to find out what happened to her.
In the meantime, she continues to appeal to anyone who may know anything to come forward.
“My message to them is that it is their responsibility to God because on Judgement Day, God is going to ask them that you knew something of this girl and you knew that this mother was seeking her daughter and you withheld information that could assist in finding this girl. You have a civic duty because we are a community and if a community does not team together to help fellow people then what are we here for?”
The worried mother told Cayman Weekly that a lack of trust in the police by members of the community should not inhibit anyone’s ability to share information, if they have knowledge of what happened.
“I’m coming out now and I’m asking you and I’m pleading with you. I’m a Caymanian, I’m a mother. My daughter, Jaesha Maliya Hendrix, is missing. So how come anybody that has information cannot come to me and tell me. You cannot tell me that I’m the police, you cannot tell me that I’m the government. You can’t tell me any good reason why you cannot give any information to me. I’m pleading with you and I’m asking you to please come forward.”
In the event her message gets through to her daughter, Ms. Scott made this impassioned appeal directly to her: “You know exactly how you were raised, maybe you have the whispers of Satan whispering in your ears telling you that they will look out for you, that they will protect you, they’re going to do this for you. Remember the Garden of Eden – they disobeyed God. And this is the same thing.
“I’m saying to you as a mother is that you know that I am here. You know how I am. You know that I am not going to leave this island. I’m going to stand here until I find you,” she added.