Family seeking return of runaway girl, 16

The family of a 16-year-old girl, who left home and has not returned since Christmas Eve night last year, is pleading for help to secure her return home.

CC Stacy Culley, a student of the Tutorial High School, was reported missing by her mother after she left her Lot 3 Public Road, Paradise, East Coast Demerara home.

Dian Nicholson, a prison officer, said that on Christmas Eve day, she left her daughter at home with strict orders to complete the household chores. She added that when she came off work, around 10:00pm, she saw her daughter drinking at the East Coast minibus park in Georgetown within the vicinity of the Bank of Baroda.

CC Stacy Culley
CC Stacy Culley

“I de passing going home from work and I see she having drinks on the road at the park,” Nicholson said, later noting that the girl was wearing a short black top and black pants.

She added that she proceeded to scold her daughter, who ran away. She added that she attempted to chase after the girl but was told by a police officer in the vicinity at the time to leave Culley alone. She said that the officer informed her that her daughter was at the age of consent and she would have to leave her alone.

Nicholson added that since that night, she has checked at everyone she knows and has not found her daughter.

Peter De Groot, the girl’s stepfather, said that he last spotted her on Sunday night at the Georgetown seawalls inside a car with a male friend and three female friends. He added that he called out to Culley, who waved at him but subsequently drove off with her friends. De Groot said that he informed Culley’s mother that he had seen her and further stated that he could not recognise what Culley was wearing when he saw her.

Nicholson added that she was not knowledgeable of her daughter seeing anyone.

A report was made to the Brickdam Police Station on Monday and the family is pleading with the young girl to return home.

Culley is expected to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in June of this year.  She has also represented the country as a runner, her mother said.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Culley is asked to call telephone numbers 225-5855 or 225-5856 or 6016184 or contact the nearest police station.

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