JCF says Abihail Myrie must come forward - Still considered missing until she reports in person
The police have requested to physically see Abihail Myrie, the 21-year-old daughter of veteran dancehall artiste Buju Banton, after she was classified as a missing person yesterday.
The Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) sent out a release on Tuesday that Myrie has not been seen or heard from since Saturday, October 9. The report said that Myrie was last seen at home. However the office of attorney Maurice McCurdy subsequently issued a statement assuring the public that she was not missing.
Senior communications strategist for the JCF, Dennis Brooks, told THE STAR that "from a law enforcement perspective, Abihail Myrie remains a missing person".
According to Brooks, "We did receive a call at sometime after 5 p.m. at the Constant Spring Police Station from a person claiming to be an attorney representing Miss Myrie and her family, stating that she was not missing and stating that he would make a statement later." He outlined that the protocols at the JCF state that a missing person must present themselves to a station so that the police can satisfy themselves that the individual is no longer missing.
"The person who made the initial report can also present with the individual who was reported missing to say that person is no longer missing. This has not happened. We would be irresponsible as a constabulary to allow somebody via the telephone or via a post on social media to claim that somebody is no longer missing," Brooks said.
McCurdy, who said that he is representing the family, informed THE STAR that Myrie will report to the police sometime today. He also emphasised that she is safe.
"She is not in any danger and she is not missing," he said. McCurdy praised the police for their swift action but questioned how they went about their investigations.
"I don't know how the police did their investigation because the mother was not contacted nor the father. The police did not reach out to the parents," the attorney said. However Brooks responded to that claim by saying "We are satisfied that our missing person protocols were followed."
Quizzed about disturbing posts being made on social media from Myrie's accounts, McCurdy noted that "There are concerns," but refused to elaborate.
McCurdy says that he will be releasing another statement today.