The family of a 13-year-old British girl fear the worst after she disappeared following a trip to the shops while visiting her grandmother in Trinidad, fearing she had been abducted .
Delika White Lezama, from Greenford, London, disappeared while traveling with her mother and brother in the Caribbean on December 17.
Since then, desperate relatives have tried in vain to contact her by telephone and are looking for her, and now fear for her safety.
Delika’s aunt Melanie Moore told the Mirror she hoped Delika had ‘got away’ and showed up safely, adding: ‘Otherwise it’s not going to be good.’
Delika White Lezama, 13, from Greenford, London, disappeared while traveling with her mother and brother to Trinidad to visit her grandmother
Delika was last seen wearing a pink top and black skirt, and had recently removed her braids
The teenager was last seen on a back road after going to a local shop to buy a SIM card for her phone near her grandmother’s house in the town of Sangre Grande around 4pm .
According to The Mirror, Delika’s family desperately began looking for her after realizing she hadn’t returned home ten minutes later, but could not locate her.
Officers from the local force’s anti-kidnapping unit are looking for her, whose family has received support from the UK Foreign Office.
Meanwhile, Delika’s family have also made repeated pleas to find her on social media, saying they are “beyond desperate”.
Ms Moore said Delika’s mother, Delia White, is ‘looking everywhere she can’ and is deeply upset.
She added: “I just pray for his safe return. A lot of time passed between the two, which is not a good thing for anyone.
“At this point, I hope she’s gotten away and comes back before her plane ticket runs out. It’s the best case scenario. Otherwise, it’s not going to be good.
The teenager was last seen on a back road after going to a corner shop near her grandmother’s house in the town of Sangre Grande, pictured, around 4pm on December 17 .
The teen’s mother said the family began a manic search when her daughter failed to come home
Ms Moore said she and other relatives repeatedly texted and tried to call Delika’s phone, but despite the delivery it appears she did not read any of them.
Her aunt started texting her at midnight after she disappeared.
She added that Delika’s mum is “very protective of her kids,” especially when she’s on vacation, saying, “It’s not like she goes out and does a lot of stuff on her own.”
Delika’s mother, Delia White, told the newspaper: ‘She didn’t seem upset or angry when she left – nothing would have scared her off.
“I don’t see anyone who could take it away in particular, but everyone knows us, the whole community knows us, and that I come and go from the UK to see my mum all the time.
“My seven-year-old son is here too, and I’m just trying to stay strong for him. Right now, I don’t even have the energy to say what I feel.
Ms White said the family began a manic search when her daughter failed to return home.
She said CCTV cameras in the area were not working, which made it more difficult to locate her daughter.
After dark, Ms White said: ‘I started to worry because she doesn’t know the area, she doesn’t really speak the language, so I think anyone could have seen her or any driver could have picked it up.
“I don’t know if she went somewhere and got lost.”
Since the teenager’s disappearance, the family have sent several messages addressed to Delika’s phone which have been delivered but not read
Delika is a British national from Greenford, London, and was traveling to Trinidad with her mother and brother to see her grandmother
Ms White added that when it was dark she drove to the police station to make a report, before driving and looking for her all night.
She explained that her daughter went to the corner store to buy a SIM card because she was having trouble with her phone while on vacation.
The shopkeeper confirmed that she had been to the store, but she could not find the card she needed and left.
Since the teenager’s disappearance, police have found all the CCTV footage and are said to have searched nearby houses, as well as rivers and bushes, for evidence of what happened to her.
The case is being investigated by the region’s anti-kidnapping unit.
Vallence Rambharat, Captain of the Hunter Search and Rescue Team, said: “We can confirm that Delika White Lezama is still missing.
“We can also confirm that investigations are continuing by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Department’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit.”
Delika’s older sister took to social media to share many photos of her brother through social media in a bid to help people recognize her.
She recently posted, “There are a few different looks she might have right now, but we don’t know if you see her or think you saw her calling the police.” Please.
“It’s been just over 2 weeks and she is still missing. Has anyone seen or know where she is?
“If you wish to remain anonymous, that’s definitely an option. Family, friends and the police will be following all leads at this time.
‘Could anyone, anyone just come up with some kind of information please. We are beyond desperate to find her.
Police say Delika was wearing a pink top, black skirt and pink and white Nike Air Force sneakers at the time of her disappearance. She also wore glasses and had recently removed her braids.
Anyone with information on Delika’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Trinidad and Tobago Police Department Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Hunter Search and Rescue Team, Police Station de Sangre Grande at 668-2444 or 800-TIPS or the police at 555, 999, 911.