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UPDATE: 'Aunt Rita' not found; search ends

Police have ended the search for Mrs. Margarita Faulker-Clinton of Anegada who went missing from her home on Sunday December 2, 2012 around 5:30pm. Police had enlisted the help of Top Priority Security, V.I. Airlink, BVI Customs and the Anegadian community in the search. Photo:supplied
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) had asked the public's assistance in locating a 77-year-old Anegadian woman, Margarita Faulkner-Clinton, who reportedly wandered away from her home in The Settlement on December 2, 2012. The community responded but the woman was still not found. Photo: VINO/File
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) had asked the public's assistance in locating a 77-year-old Anegadian woman, Margarita Faulkner-Clinton, who reportedly wandered away from her home in The Settlement on December 2, 2012. The community responded but the woman was still not found. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It still remains a mystery what has happened to Anegada resident Mrs Margarita Faulkner-Clinton who went missing from the 15 sq. mile island of Anegada on December 2, 2012.

After two weeks of intensified search in which the services of Top Priority Security, V.I. Airlink, BVI Customs and the Anegadian community towards the search was enlisted, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) called off the search.

The matter is still being treated as a missing person's case.

The 77-year-old woman reportedly wandered away from her home in The Settlement around 5:30P.M. on Sunday December 2, 2012. She was wearing black and white trousers and a green top. She is about 5’6 and 140 pounds.

According to the RVIPF, Mrs Faulkner-Clinton, has a known medical condition.

Virgin Islands News Online was told that in the first week she was missing, a U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary aircraft conducted an aerial search while RVIPF ranks from Tortola and Virgin Gorda, persons from HMS Customs and members of the Anegada community did a ground search. They also had search dogs.

Some 40 volunteers from neighboring islands also joined the search for the missing woman as well and Smith's Ferry Services donated seats on his daily trip to Anegada for volunteers.

A contingency from the British Virgin Islands Red Cross, additional police officers from Tortola and Virgin Gorda, HMS Customs, six officers from the USVI Police Department with two specially trained K-9s and volunteers from Anegada came together to form the search party on Dec. 6, this news site was further told.

Faulkner-Clinton's husband Connie was also contacted previously by this news site and he had said there was no trace of his wife. He had not wished to comment further.

See previous story posted on December 6, 2012

Still no trace of missing woman on Anegada

Three days after she was reported missing, Anegada resident Mrs Margarita Faulkner-Clinton was still not found despite intensified search efforts on the 15 sq. mile island.

The 77-year-old woman reportedly wandered away from her home in The Settlement around 5:30P.M. on Sunday December 2, 2012.

According to reports reaching this news site, there has been no trace of the woman even as Police have enlisted the help of Top Priority Security, V.I. Airlink, BVI Customs and the Anegadian community in the search. 

Police at the Anegada station also confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online that the woman has not yet been found, however, the search will continue today December 6, 2012.

Faulkner-Clinton's husband Connie was also contacted and he said there has been no trace of his wife, who has a "known medical condition". He did not wish to comment further.

See previous story posted:

Woman with “known medical condition” goes missing in Anegada

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is asking for the public's assistance in locating a 77-year-old Anegadian woman, who reportedly wandered away from her home in The Settlement on December 2, 2012.

The woman, Margarita Faulkner-Clinton, has a known medical condition, according to a press release from the RVIPF.

Mrs. Clinton was last seen at about 5:30 P.M. on the main road. She was wearing black and white trousers and a green top. She is about 5’6 and 140 pounds.

The RVIPF also said they would issue a photo of the woman to the media when one becomes available.

Police and members of the Anegadian community were engaged in the search for her since yesterday afternoon. Additional officers will join in the search today.

Persons who have any information or wish to join in the search can contact officers from the Anegada Police Station at 468-9137.

18 Responses to “UPDATE: 'Aunt Rita' not found; search ends”

  • Confucius (03/12/2012, 14:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think the best way to find her as quickly as possible is to use a small plane to search the island. Anyone able to volunteer? It's a shame this wasn't made public sooner!

    Our thoughts and prayers for her safe return.
    • weed (06/12/2012, 10:38) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
      Hoping for her safe return.
    • egg face (06/12/2012, 17:19) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      Cannot understand how come they cannot fine this lady on a 2 by 4 island
    • SAR K-9 Team (09/12/2012, 23:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thanks for all of the prayers and concern. The community did in fact use every available resource. Family members began the search immediately. Police were called in. My canine and I joined the fray early the next morning, and searched for nearly 60 hours, tirelessly. Many aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopters joined the search early on. The US Coast Guard, some of the finest folks on the planet, put in a great effort. Sadly, all of this effort did not result in locating 'Rita'.

      I have to tell you how very large a small island can become when a soul is lost. The bush is a vast wilderness when you are hunting for a victim. K-9 Search & Rescue (SAR) is a great calling. But with no support, there is very little a single man/dog team can do. The same is true for aerial search. Think about driving your car through a field, looking out the side window for a lost contact lense. It's the man on the ground, combing through the terrain that is needed.
  • concern (03/12/2012, 20:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look in familiar places that would be of interest to her in her past since long term memory is the last to diminish. EXAMPLE her mother's house, Anegada Community Center where she worked in the library. Find her quickly. people with her medical condition cannot tell the difference between food items and non food items, night and day. Prayers with family and with her. May God protect
  • george w. touch (06/12/2012, 07:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    my prayers with her
  • jvd (06/12/2012, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ohhhhh gosh hope they find her!!!
  • loli (06/12/2012, 19:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very sad
  • yes we can (06/12/2012, 21:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    come home deal lady come home!
  • in the news (06/12/2012, 22:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    SAME THING I WAS THINKING HOW THEY CANNOT FIND HER ON A LIT LIL LIL ISLAND....SOUNDS SUSPICIOUS
  • Ko (11/12/2012, 21:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Surprised the police called off search after five days?? Instead, they need to get search warrants and search every house and every car on the island. Family needs closure and we need to find this lady. Island's representative, R.T. O'Neal, family needs your help.
  • opposition (19/12/2012, 08:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    not one word of this mentioned in the house of assembly
  • DON Q (19/12/2012, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow!!! I don't believe it!!! hope she is still alive
  • Melancholy Anegadian (19/12/2012, 09:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    In all this, it is SO funny.....Elections roll around we see politicians renting a boat and coming over to talk to the people. Yes, while we got assistance from the Red Cross, K-9 units, etc. I can only ask, what representation was made from the District Rep and his fine opponent? If you couldn't make the journey yourselves, what ever happen to a phone call? A note expressing that your humanity? I must express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Pickering for sounding the alarm and asking the community at large to assist us. We are grateful for your efforts. Thank you
  • END (19/12/2012, 13:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I TRUST THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A SAD ENDING
  • mmario (24/12/2012, 18:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a sad ending of a story - Gone by the Win without a trace. Only god and the hands involved in this knows what realy happened here.
  • KlaasKids SAR (14/08/2013, 23:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    An organized 6 day Search is planned for Marguerita Clinton in the middle of September 2013. The search is being sponsored by the Family and will directed by KlaasKids SAR, the USA based National Search & Rescue Team. Experienced SAR resources and K9 Cadaver/HRD Teams would have certified SAR Credentials and would like to volunteer to help bring Marguerita home to her family may contact Ray Mooney (Incident Command Manager) at 850-375-0965.


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