St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Police still have no concrete evidence of the status or whereabouts of missing seventeen year old Leanna Napoleon, but they have three persons of interest assisting in the search for the missing Basseterre High School student.
That update given by Officer Lyndita Powell of the Special Victims Unit Monday, at a press conference organized by the Ministry of Education.
“So far we have conducted about five major searches in areas that Leanna might have been seen. Unfortunately to date we have no concrete evidence, however we have three persons of interest in police custody, one of them is her brother. This is the fourth time that we have him in custody. We are doing all that is necessary we are not leaving any stone unturned in trying to find Leanna and bring her back to her family and friends safely.”
The police officer said her Unit has the task of trying to separate fact from fiction, in relation to the assistance being offered by members of the public.
Following a question from a reporter at the press conference, Officer Powell indicated that Leanna’s brother has not been cooperating with the police in providing information that would help resolve the case.
She said too, that the police at this stage have no evidence that the seventeen year old is dead, and they are trying their very best to bring her home.
“We are still trying our utmost best to see what information we can get from the brother, his information is not forthcoming. That’s why we had the need to re-arrest him, we’re not giving up. As to whether she is dead or alive, we are hoping that she is alive. We have no evidence to suggest that she is dead and we are hoping that Leanna will be alive, but we are pressing forward with the brother and we will continue to press until we get something that will lead us to where she is.”
The police are refusing to speculate on just what led to Leanna’s disappearance.
“One has to be very careful when jumping to conclusions and the police department investigates leads, but to come to an opinion without any kind of evidence is a bit dangerous. So for the moment we are just following the leads, trying to see how much information we can gather and after we might be in a better position to say whether or not it’s a case where she may have been abducted or she might have been depressed or something like that but for now we are not going down that path.”
Basseterre High School student Leanna was hardworking and focused, BHS Principal Morris Benjamin told reporters.
“Leanna as I was told was a hardworking student, she was strong willed but playful at times. She was focused, she had her subjects to do and she really wanted to pass all her subjects for CXC, that I know for sure. After her mother’s death two years ago her marks kind of went in a downward spiral but for this year for sure Leanna rebounded and she was doing her work. She really wanted to sit her exams, she was hard working.”
Where she was last seen before she went missing is something Officer Powell sought to clarify, at Monday’s (May 22) press conference.
“The information that we got is that she was last seen with her brother, they were talking and there might have been an exchange of cash. I am not aware of her being last seen with an uncle. Our information is that he might have sold a vehicle that belonged to his mother and he would have made arrangements to meet her to give her the portion of what the vehicle was sold for.”
The police are urging members of the public to assist the authorities in finding productive ways to help 17 year old Leanna Napoleon return home.