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Father wants closure in daughter’s disappearance

Father wants closure in daughter’s disappearance

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It has been three years since Monifer Stephen was last seen alive and well. Stephen, a mother of two, was last seen on the night of March 8, 2008.{{more}} Her father Marsden Ashton, however, believes that Stephen was killed, and he says that he knows who is responsible for her death.

Ashton, of Spring Village, visited SEARCHLIGHT on Monday, March 7, 2011, bringing Stephen’s disappearance once again to the forefront. He told his story as recently as last year, hoping to find answers relating to his daughter’s death.

Ashton related to SEARCHLIGHT on Monday that he knows who is responsible for his daughter’s death, as the person, according to him, is walking the streets in

St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Another person involved, Ashton said, has migrated to England.

He added that persons are aware who are the persons involved in his daughter’s death, but they remain silent in fear of any harm being done to them. Ashton’s worries were expressed just last year in the Friday, March 26, 2010 issue of SEARCHLIGHT.

Ashton explained that Stephen went missing the night of March 8, 2008. According to Ashton, Monifer and some friends had gone fishing and had returned for a cookout; she came home, but left to buy a phone card for a cell phone. She returned instead with a can of Pringles for her daughters Ronice and Kellis Stephen.

Ashton related that Stephen then asked her daughter to give her a bowl to put her food in when it had been cooked. He added that she then left home, which was the last time she was seen.

Ashton hopes to achieve closure on the disappearance of his daughter, adding that it grieves him that he did not get to bury his daughter in a proper ceremony.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Lenroy Brewster speaking to SEARCHLIGHT by telephone yesterday afternoon stated that the case is one that they are still investigating, adding that they have not accumulated enough evidence in the matter to charge anyone.

He, however, pleaded with persons who may know of Stephen’s whereabouts or may have any other information in connection with her disappearance to contact him or any other member of the Police Force.(OS)