Corentyne boy, 10, missing

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The mother of a 10-year-old boy has launched a desperate search for him after he failed to return to his Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice home on Sunday.

The boy was sent to a nearby shop at around 08:00 hrs.

The missing boy has been identified as Andrew Gomes, a Grade Five student of the Tain Primary School, East Berbice, Corentyne.

His tearful mother, Anita Gomes, told the News Room that her son lived with his grandparents at Skeldon but when they died a year ago he moved in with her.

According to her, on Sunday morning, the boy said his uncle had asked him to return two bottles to the shop but she told him not to go since it was raining.

She said she went to the washroom and when she came out, she realised her son was gone.

“…he go in my purse and take my $1,000 with the two bottles and he never come back home,” Gomes told the News Room.

She added that after several hours had passed and there was no sign of her son, she began to inquire from her brother if he had seen him. However, her brother indicated that at no point did he tell the boy to take the bottles to shop and that he hadn’t seen him.

Gomes said she ventured to the shop where her son said he was going but the proprietors said they had not seen the boy and no bottles were dropped off.

The grieving woman said she subsequently filed a missing person report at the Whim Police Station on Monday. She said they searched and inquired around the village and in Skeldon as well but little Gomes has not been seen anywhere.

He was last seen wearing a brown three-quarter pants, a grey t-shirt and slippers.

The News Room was also told by the woman that the boy had left home a week ago and was found at his great-grandparents house in Skeldon with other relatives.

She is pleading for his safe return and is asking anyone who may have information about his whereabouts to contact her on 668-5505.

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