Missing woman reportedly in St. Thomas

POSTED: 01/3/13 4:16 PM

St. Maarten- The Police on St. Maarten have begun to take the case of missing Jamaican Annmarie Lynch seriously and an arrest could be made soon. The 41 year old Pineapple Pete Restaurant employee was last seen on Saturday December 22 when she ended her shift at the Simpson Bay location after 10:00 pm and told her co-workers that she would be heading to her Well Road Cole Bay apartment. Searches have been conducted in various desolate areas on Southern half of the island but they have all turned up empty-handed. And just as these have intensified, so have the rumors.

Speculation is rife in several quarters that Lynch is actually in St. Thomas. Information that Today received suggests that Lynch disappeared just around the time when she would have collected a “partner/box hand”, the term commonly used to refer to a traditional communal savings systems where people commit to making a standard monetary deposit monthly and on each month one of the members of the group benefits from the entire fund. Today understands that in December it was Lynch’s turn to collect the “partner/box hand” but all of the money was not expected to go to her instead it should have been shared equally with her boyfriend P.W, who had also credited in the fund.

It is this money, it is being said, that Lynch utilized to buy her safe passage on board a boat destined for St. Thomas during the holiday season. She reportedly contacted people here to let them know that she was safe when her story of being missing became the headline in media reports.

When Today contacted Lynch’s friend, Kim Graham, she said that she was aware of this type of “talk” being peddled in the community but she had made no contact with Lynch. It was Graham who filed an official missing person’s report at the police and also increased public awareness about her friend’s disappearance.

“People are saying all kinds of things now. I hear about the St. Thomas thing for a while now. But no she would not do that,” Graham stated.

P.W remains under scrutiny since claims to have escorted Lynch safely to her home on that fateful Saturday night before heading to his own home. He maintains that he had nothing to do with her disappearance and that even while searches were being conducted for the woman; someone else had entered her home and disturbed articles of clothing and the like. He could not say if anything had been removed.

 

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