A troubled teen from Bisee, Castries who has a history of leaving home and not returning for days, has done it again. But this time she is away longer than usual, and her relatives are worried and frustrated.
Melia Thomas, who turns 14 on July 1, was last seen on Wednesday, May 3.
Her mother, 50-year-old Coletta Thomas, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that Melia – her fourth daughter and last of five children – has stayed away from home “many times”, but this is the first time she has been gone for so long.
No one has been able to reach her on her cellphone and they are also in the dark about her whereabouts.
The mother refuses to say her daughter is missing.
“I wouldn’t say she is missing. She is on her own vibes,” Coletta said. “She always goes and comes back when she feels like. She always does that.”
Reports are that this is the second time in about two weeks that the teen, a form two student of Bocage Secondary School, has left home for days without any prior notice.
Coletta said it was only last month that she contacted social services officials to intervene.
The mother said Melia was brought to the agency on several occasions for counselling, but this apparently has had no effect on her daughter’s behaviour.
She was advised to get the police involved. But despite speaking to a police friend about the most recent matter, Coletta said she has not made a formal police report as yet.
According to the mother, when Melia disappeared two weeks, she was planning to submit a photograph and make a report to the police when the teen returned home. However, after attending school for several days – making her parents and siblings believe things are back to normal – she did the same thing again.
It is believed that she only returns home to get more clothes to sleep out, then leaves for school – and returns when she desires.
Asked if her daughter has any problems at home, Coletta said: “I make sure she gets her money for school and if she needs her necessities I try to give it to her.”
“I cannot tell somebody why she is doing that…. It looks like she has someone influencing,” said the frustrated mother.
Even Melia’s father, who is blind, has not been able to get his daughter to change her behaviour, according to Coletta.
“On some occasions he speaks to her but she is not listening to anybody.”
The mother wants to know who is harbouring her daughter and is therefore calling on the public to help her find the person/s responsible and their location because Melia has refused to give any such information.
Persons are asked to call Coletta at 489-7440.