NALINEE SEELAL Tuesday, March 14 2017
A $25,000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information on the whereabouts of missing 22-year-old police constable Nyasha Joseph who has not been seen since Thursday last.
The decision was taken yesterday when the Crime Stoppers board held a meeting at the request of the Police Social and Welfare Association (PSWA).
PSWA president Inspector Michael Seales said the association is thankful to Crime Stoppers for their involvement.
Seales said members of the North Eastern Division, where Joseph worked since joining the Police Service on November 10, 2016, are in pain over the disappearance of their colleague.
“Anyone with information can contact the nearest police station or 800-TIPS,” he said.
Yesterday members of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), acting on information provided by members of the public, searched the Beetham landfill for the missing woman but nothing was found.
Homicide sources said yesterday that they too have been receiving tips from members of the public but all information checked thus far have not borne any fruit.
Newsday understands that the 39-year-old man detained in connection with the missing officer, continues to tell police telling officers that he loved Joseph dearly and would never hurt her.
Also, in a statement issued to the media yesterday, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams says he has joined members of the Police Service in an on-going prayer vigil for Joseph’s safe return and assured Joseph’s family that everything is being done to achieve this.
The search for Joseph commenced on Friday last after she was reported missing by her mother Paula Guy. Officers searched the Sea Lots and Beetham Gardens areas but to no avail. During the course of the weekend, the search was extended to the waters off Sea Lots, and parts of the Caroni River.
Joseph was yesterday described by fellow officers as a person of good character, who was very professional.
“She has always been a willing participant on exercises and even though she’s only been on board for several months already has several cases in the court. She’s a budding officer who has shown a lot of potential.
WPC Joseph views the job as a career and not just a work.
She also has the respect of her colleagues.” said Ulric Benjamin, WPC Joseph’s reporting officer. Joseph enlisted in the police service on November 10, last year. Joseph was yesterday described by fellow officers as a person of good character, who was very professional.
“She has always been a willing participant on exercises and even though she’s only been on board for a few months, she already has several cases in the court,” said Joseph’s reporting officer Sgt Ulric Benjamin.
“She’s a budding officer who has shown a lot of potential. PC Joseph views the job as a career and not just a work. She also has the respect of her colleagues.”