St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Members of the Moravian churches around St. Kitts came together in Buckley's Tuesday night (May 16) for a candle light prayer vigil for the safe return of missing teen Leanna Napoleon.
The 17-year-old Keys resident, who grew up in Buckley's until her mother passed a few years ago, went missing May 8 after writing one of her CXC exams that morning.
Since then police and civilian searches have turned up nothing, leaving family and friends to fear the worse while still holding out hope that Leanna is alive somewhere.
The prayer vigil was assembled at the Cinemas parking lot and then close to 100 persons made their way through Buckley's Estate to the home where Leanna’s family resided prior to the mom’s death. Her older brother still lives at the location.
Pastor Lincoln Connor and his prayer group from the Antioch Baptist Church in St. Johnston Village lent their presence and prayers to the somber proceedings.
“We come tonight on behalf of this young lady. We come because we know you are the revealer of hearts; we know God that you can reveal the deep secrets and the intent of man’s heart, and Father although we do not know, we trust you to reveal the truth, we trust you to reveal the darkness and bring it to light.
“We pray Jesus that even now she would be safe.”
In the face of false reports of the teen’s body being found and other rumors, one of the Moravian Pastors cautioned persons against taking to social media with gossip, which could negatively affect the police’s case.
“I want to encourage us as we use social media, be careful of the things we say, be careful of the things we do, because we cannot be trying to make right by doing wrong.
“I want to encourage us not to participate in the gossip. Do not do anything that may even compromise this case. Some of us are forwarding voice notes and some of us are sending messages left, right, and centre, please, I want to encourage us to stop, get on our knees and pray, because the truth is it is only God who can bring us out of this.”
The reward for information regarding the whereabouts of missing teenager Leanna Napoleon is now at $25,000.
The public is asked to call the Special Victims Unit at 465-4221, any Police Station, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477(TIPS) or by using the SKN Crime Reporter App with information regarding this investigation.