|Kublalsingh’s father, 81, missing |
By Cecily Asson Thursday, July 10 2014
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The 81-year-old father of environmentalist, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, remained missing up to late yesterday despite two days of continued land and air search in the dense forested area in Claxton Bay where he disappeared.
Relatives and friends along with a contingent of soldiers and police officers have been involved in the search to locate the aged Ray Kublalsingh who went missing from his home on Tuesday morning.
According to relatives, at about 10.30 am on Tuesday, the elder Kublalsingh, left home to take a walk on the vast acreage of lands he owns near his home at Union Village, Claxton Bay. He was expected to be away from his home for just half an hour but has not been seen since and his disappearance has left worried relatives baffled. His wife, Vilma, became worried around lunchtime when he did not return and contacted relatives. When Newsday visited the family yesterday, ASP Yusuff Gafaar was present co-ordinating search activities.
Speaking on behalf of the family yesterday, daughter, Judy, an attorney described her father as being physically and mentally strong despite his age. She believes he may have gotten lost in the forest but cannot understand why, if that is so, those who went searching have been unable to find him.
Judy said, “We don’t know if he got disoriented although he is not prone to be. It is possible that he got lost and wandered around.”
She asked, “But if he did, why can’t we find him in there?”
Judy said in the land which is about two square miles and made up mostly of bush and large trees there are tracks with which her father is familiar. She said he knows the land.
Recounting what happened on Tuesday, she said, “My mother became concerned when he didn’t come home on time and called us. Before we got here, the men in the village went into the bush but came back without him. We contacted the police and they too went in with tracker dogs. Soldiers also went in. There were two helicopters using their infra red technology but still no signs of him.”
Part of the land leads out to the north bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, Claxton Bay.
“This is so strange that we can’t find him,” she told Newsday. “He does not go in that far on the land.” She said she is even more worried that the last meal he had was on Tuesday morning.
Soldiers and police completed their search for the day just after 5 pm yesterday.
Kublalsingh who is of medium height and sports complete silver hair, left home wearing a green short pants and a light coloured shirt.
Since his son, Wayne, shot into the limelight because of his advocacy on the environment, the elderly man has been seen often his side in his many battles with Government as leader of the Highway Re-route Movement, particularly over the construction of the Debe to Mondesir leg of the Golconda to Point Fortin Highway.
The search for Kublalsingh senior is expected to resume today.
Relatives and the police are asking anyone with information to contact the St Margaret’s Police Station or the nearest police station.