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Missing mom, three daughters found safe

Friday, May 11, 2018
Veronica Young and her children Vanessa 10, Marisha 7 and Calissa 2. PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH

Veronica Young and her three daughters, who were reported missing on Saturday, have been found by the police and they are safe.

Young, 32, of Mohess Road, Penal, contacted the police saying she was staying in a house at South Trinidad and she did not want to be found.

The three children have been staying with her.

Investigators said they were expected to meet with her to take a statement.

However, in an interview yesterday, Young’s common-law husband, Marcus Sookoo, said he was puzzled about why Young would leave with his children.

He said, “I do not believe the police. They saying that Veronica doesn’t want to have any contact with me and they will not give information about where she is. She took my children and I was in no way abusive to her. Every week I home and she still used to go to San Fernando to beg,” Sookoo said.

Sookoo admitted he stopped using illegal drugs about “three months ago.”

Asked whether his family was being abused, Sookoo said, “No. I don’t want my children to be abused. I want to see my children.

I want to speak to Veronica.”

Villagers had joined Sookoo in searching for his family but abandoned their search after hearing that she was found.

During an interview yesterday, director of the Penal/Debe Community Organisation Ren Gopiesingh said everyone was worried after they heard the family disappeared.

He said Young never missed an opportunity to get free clothes, shoes and bags from the organisation during their clothing distribution drive. The drive was held last Saturday on the same day that the family disappeared.


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