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UPDATE: VG residents on massive search for John Emmanuel

- search dogs, helicopter and drone among search parties
This morning, May 25, 2015 the Virgin Gorda community came together in a big way to search for the well-known resident of North Sound, Virgin Gorda. The search includes a helicopter, a drone and organs of society, including the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIP). Photo: Team of Reporters
John Emmanuel, 66, was reported missing on May 22, 2015 by family members who said he was last seen late Wednesday May 20 2015 on the Minor Road just behind his apartment building in the Gun Creek area. He presently suffers from early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Photo: RVIPF
John Emmanuel, 66, was reported missing on May 22, 2015 by family members who said he was last seen late Wednesday May 20 2015 on the Minor Road just behind his apartment building in the Gun Creek area. He presently suffers from early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Photo: RVIPF
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – It is day five and relatives of John Emmanuel, 66, have not had a comfortable night’s rest knowing he is somewhere out there.

Mr Emmanuel was reported missing on May 22, 2015 by family members who said he was last seen late Wednesday on the Minor Road just behind his apartment building in the Gun Creek area. He presently suffers from early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a white shirt, long jean pants and grey and white Timberland shoes. He is approximately 5’5 and dark in complexion.

This morning, May 25, 2015 the Virgin Gorda community came together in a big way to search for the well-known resident of North Sound, Virgin Gorda. The search includes a helicopter, a drone and organs of society, including the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIP).

This morning’s search was organised by Sister Islands Coordinator Mr Vincent O. Wheatley who told this news site that while there were other smaller searches conducted since the resident went missing, today is the biggest ever.

“We mounted a massive search this morning. We have about 40 volunteers and we started at Hog Heaven and worked our way down into Long Bay and Nail Bay. We also canvased the Bond area and we are now in the South Sound area,” said Mr Wheatley while speaking with this news site at approximately 9:57am today, May 25, 2015.

According to Mr Wheatley, the family of Mr Emmanuel is very confident he has not left the territory since his travel documents were found at his home.

In a release from the RVIPF Public Relations Unit later this morning, Ms Diane Drayton also alluded to the search and said, “Police continue their search for missing VG resident John Emmanuel. A search team assembled of largely civilians were out yesterday and are out today in the North Sound area in search of the Emmanuel who has been missing since Wednesday of last week.”

She further said police secured the help of a search dog in yesterday's search and will enlist the assistance of a helicopter for aerial search today. “Anyone who may have seen or know the whereabouts of John Emmanuel is asked to contact the Virgin Gorda Police Station through the RVIPF access number 311,” urged Ms Drayton.

Second elderly missing without a trace

While persons close to the missing 66-year old man are holding on to hopes that they will find him alive, one can hardly refrain from thinking of 77-year-old Anegadian Margarita Faulkner-Clinton.

Faulkner-Clinton was last seen on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at about 5:30pm on the main road in The Settlement and has since been missing without a trace.

See previous story published May 22, 2015

Alzheimer's stricken man missing in VG

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who wandered away from his apartment in Gun Creek, North Sound, Virgin Gorda.

John Emmanuel, 66, was reported missing today by family members who said he was last seen late Wednesday on the Minor Road just behind his apartment building in the Gun Creek area. He presently suffers from early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a white shirt, long jean pants and grey and white Timberland shoes. He is approximately 5’5 and dark in complexion.

Anyone who may have seen nor know the whereabouts of John Emmanuel is asked to contact the Virgin Gorda Police Station through the RVIPF access number 311.

29 Responses to “UPDATE: VG residents on massive search for John Emmanuel”

  • lolnotfuny (22/05/2015, 20:04) Like (15) Dislike (64) Reply
    Dem done start snatching bodies for sacrificial already
  • Voter Too (23/05/2015, 06:07) Like (13) Dislike (15) Reply
    @lolnotfunny you could be rite dem love to do these during elections to win the same or for more money. Anything is possible ooh.This world is so evil and people are so wicked. Nothing last for ever and that man above don't sleep at all.
  • porshane (23/05/2015, 06:23) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    @lolnotfunny... shut your face if you don't have anything to say....
  • VG (23/05/2015, 06:34) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just stop it's no time to be posting nonsense thus is serious
  • Foolish people (23/05/2015, 08:56) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply

    The time you taking to posting such bullsh^& trash you should use that time to help find that man before it gets to late , he could be hurt or in serious danger.

  • Concern 1 (23/05/2015, 11:41) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let's pray for the safe return of this gentleman and let's continue to search for him, he needs our help
  • good news (23/05/2015, 12:23) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Voter Too @lolnotfunny. Do you have any idea how stupid you both sound right now? The Virgin Gorda Community is anxiously awaiting word on whether John Emmanuel has been found. Did it ever occur to you how his family is coping at this time? Try get some sense and stop posting sh^t.
  • BVI Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign (23/05/2015, 15:42) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Wandering Behaviour - Alzheimer's disease causes million of individuals to lose their ability to recognise familiar places and faces. Up to 60 percent of those with dementia will wander. And people can wander or become confused about their location at any stage of the disease, even in the early stage. Although common, wandering can be dangerous - even life-threatening. The following information can help caregivers and family members prepare for and prevent wandering.

    Signs of wandering behaviour
    - Returning from a regular walk or drive later than usual.
    - Forgetting how to get to familiar places.
    - Trying to fulfill former obligations, such as going to work.
    - Trying to "go home" even when at home.
    - Acting restless, pacing or making repetitive movements.
    - Having difficulty locating familiar places like the bathroom, bedroom or dining room.
    - Asking the where about of current or past friends and family.
    - Acting as if doing a hobby or chore, but nothing gets done.
    - Appearing lost in a new or changed environment."

    For more information got to - alz.org
    • View point (25/05/2015, 12:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Very good info.
    • Where have you been? (25/05/2015, 14:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is good information that will be helpful to the caretakers of persons with dementia or alzheimers. I would have appreciated it a year or so ago but better late than never. Thanks.
      • BVI Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign (25/05/2015, 14:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        To join the Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign or find out more of what it is doing, please email: bvialzaware@gmail.com.

        Join us in bringing awareness of this disease and the greater dementia diseases to the BVI community.
    • lord-o (25/05/2015, 15:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      He may has Alzheimers--But this is Little Virgin Gorda, How far can he walk, where can he hide--unless he disappear in the Sea or the Sky.?---maybe--lolnotfunny is on to something.---tell us more lolnotfunny
  • yes (25/05/2015, 14:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey why don't we use a helicopter and foot patrol
  • old people say (25/05/2015, 14:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    People With Alzheimer's are known to places where there is water ie a pond, ghut or the sea. Check there as well and pray he is found unscathed.
  • kk (25/05/2015, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ONE DIE 2, 3 WEEKS AGO--SEEMS LIKE EVRYTIME ONE DIES SOMEONE DISAPPEARS
    • thing teh talk (25/05/2015, 19:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Plenty have already died in our new hospital--Check the stats if you think i lie--That new hospital record is not good--check how many died there since it opened.
  • track attack (25/05/2015, 17:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    lol not funny. yes its true it just start any way please dont deliver until after election day because last time it was a baby went missing
  • K C (25/05/2015, 20:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Please investigate the SP***SH WOMEN in the VALLEY.

  • bless (25/05/2015, 22:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    my prayers for his safe return
  • VG (26/05/2015, 07:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't search north sound alone there is the valley and tórtola they say they check the ferry staff to find out but he could have been on one of those boats and the staff did not really study that because no one was looking for him at the time and also need to check abandon building as well just thinking he could be so near but seems so far I believe he's still alive some place the Lord is in control and I believe John will show up soon may The great God we serve be with him where ever he is
  • jj (26/05/2015, 21:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    my prayer goes out to the family hope they find him safe some of u really do not no what it is like when some one is sick with some thing like that please keep those stupid remarks to ur selves and help to pray and search


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