Tuesday 26 May, 2020

‘Banana Split’ disappearance still a mystery

Corporal Ann Joseph of the Police Press Relations Office

Corporal Ann Joseph of the Police Press Relations Office

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of an 83-year-old businessman from Gros Islet, Cletus Hippolyte, remains unresolved as investigations move into the weekend.

Now the police are making an appeal to the public in locating him by assisting in whatever way they can, so as to bring an end to the trauma his family faces as a result of his disappearance.

Hippolyte has been missing from September 26, 2019. He is known more by his alias ‘Banana Split’ which come from a business venture he operated on the Gros Islet Waterfront in his younger days with the same name.

He was last seen wearing a light blue striped shirt and grey pants. Unconfirmed reports are that he may have been kidnapped. Police are not saying that but confirmed having a female in custody on grounds of extortion in relation to Hippolyte’s family.

The female has yet to be charged. She was arrested Monday of this week in Soufriere. Police are looking into the abduction angle but so far have yet to speak of that as a direct link to Hippolyte’s disappearance.

“We cannot confirm that as yet (Hippolyte being kidnapped) but what we can say is that an individual is in custody in relation to a report of extortion that was made to (Hippolyte’s) family members. We cannot give all the particulars now. We are not in a position to say he has indeed been kidnapped. We can confirm that he is missing and we are appealing to everybody for assistance,” said Corporal Ann Joseph of the Police Press Relations Office.

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