General — 13 May 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Five persons from different parts of the country, including Carmelita, Cayo and Belmopan, have been reported missing.

At about 2:00 Wednesday afternoon, April 30, Ricardo Garma, 22, of Carmelita, in the Orange Walk District, left home and was last seen walking on the Philip Goldson Highway towards the BSI Tower Hill junction at about 9:00 on the night of Saturday, May 4. He was reported missing by his father on Thursday, May 8, when he failed to return home.

Garma, who is a mental patient, was last seen wearing a pair of yellow tennis shoes, plain white socks, a red short-sleeved shirt and a pair of red ¾ pants. He is about 5 feet 6 inches tall, is of fair complexion with straight, dark, low-cut hair, and has a scar on the upper part of his head. He also has a tattoo of a skull on his right fist and a rose tattoo on the left side of his chest area.

Mark Phillips, 56, of Teakettle, Cayo District, who is a security guard, was last seen at about 8:30 on the morning of Monday, May 5, on Gill Street in Belize City. His family said that he had travelled to the city to conduct monetary transactions and was to go to Gill Street to see his mom. He was seen in the area, but had since disappeared.

Phillips has not been seen or heard from since. He was last seen wearing his security guard uniform –a green shirt and a pair of black pants.

Also, three minors — Selene Cal, 15; Franchester August, 14; and Brittney Gentle, 14 – all residents of the Marla’s House of Hope in Belmopan, have been reported missing since 5:30 Thursday evening, May 8.

The caretaker of the home reported that on Thursday evening she made a check of the people living in the house and discovered that the three girls were missing. She searched for them and then called police.

Anyone who sees the missing persons or knows their whereabouts is urged to call the nearest police station or call 911, or 0800- 822 TIPS.

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