Thursday 5th June, 2003


Mark Prescott kidnapping - Day 22

Grieving family losing hope

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By Neal Rasmine

Lyncia Bailey, kidnapped six-year-old Mark Prescott’s great aunt, and his sisters yesterday made a plea for his return.

They said they were losing hope, but not giving up.

Bailey also appealed for a prayer vigil and a campaign to secure Mark’s release.

Yesterday marked 21 days since Mark was abducted outside the San Fernando Boys’ RC School on Harris Promenade.

Bailey said with no word from his abductors since the first demand for a $150,000 ransom, “hope is fading fast”.

Mark’s father, Wayne Prescott, believes the boy may have been kidnapped “for good”, Bailey said.

However, she is still clutching at some small hope that Mark will be freed.

She said she did not go public before, because she wanted to protect Mark’s four-year-old twin sisters — Arianne and Cheyanne — who, she fears, may also be targets.

Bailey said yesterday that while she was picking mangoes for the girls she fondly refers to as “my children”, Arianne said: “Mammie, we have to kneel down and pray to Father God and Mark will come back”.

Bailey, who has been taking care of the children since their mother died during delivery, is the aunt of Mark’s father.

She said she was taken aback by the child’s profound statement, but the family believes in the power of prayer.

Bailey is a member of the Palmyra Evangelistic Centre.

She said it is faith and the support of friends and family that have kept the family going since Mark’s kidnapping on May 14.

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