Oct 30, 2015 News
Police may have gotten their first lead into the disappearance of 33-year-old taxi driver, Sherland Dalloo.
Dalloo was reported missing by his mother earlier this week after he failed to return home on Monday. The woman said that she last saw her son when he left their Lot 55 Parika, East Bank Essequibo home on Monday to solicit passengers at the Parika Stelling.
But police would learn for the first time yesterday that Dalloo might have summoned help from a friend on the very day that he went missing.
Dalloo’s mother informed this publication yesterday that a “bus driver” friend of her son told police that he had passed Dalloo in his parked taxi in Flour Mill Road Street, Eccles, East Bank Demerara. The “bus driver” she disclosed, said that he noticed two other persons were in the car at the time. He said that Dalloo called for him and showed him some sort of a signal. He however assumed that Dalloo was just “hailing him up,” said Dalloo’s mother.
“‘He said that the car de just park in the street…and the boy (the bus driver) said that he hear this boy shout for him but he didn’t stop because he had a lot of passengers in he bus.”
“Anytime me son pass any of he friends he does shout for them…you know hail them up; so the guy said that he didn’t tek it for nothing. Now he wondering if was some sign he de showing, and he seh me son shout two times to he,” disclosed the woman.
But the “bus friend” only got word yesterday that Dalloo was missing.
“He said how this thing haunting he…he say he couldn’t sleep last night (Wednesday) because Sherland might’ve been calling him for help and he just passed him straight,” related the worried Bhanmatty Dalloo.
The friend yesterday gave a statement to the police.
Yesterday too, police ranks visited the home that Dalloo shared with his mother. There they took a statement from Bhanmatty Dalloo. She had given ranks at the Parika Station a similar statement earlier this week when she filed a missing person’s report.
Police ranks, the woman added, had promised then to check with other stations to find out if her son had been arrested or involved in any accident.
A senior police officer on Wednesday confirmed that a missing report was made and an investigation into the man’s disappearance had commenced. Yesterday, a police official said that police were working to locate the missing man.
The distraught Bhanmatty Dalloo said that her son left home around 07:30 hours on Monday for the Parika Stelling. Around lunchtime she said that she called Sherland, the younger of her two sons, on his cellular phone to tell him that his lunch was ready.
“I always call him at lunchtime and if he is not on a long work he would come home and eat…” said Bhanmatty Dalloo.
However, she related that when she contacted her son, who is a father of two during the lunch period on Monday he informed her that he had to transport a passenger to Georgetown.
Bhanmatty Dalloo said that she again called her son around 14:30 hours but he said that he was still in the city with his passenger. He was still not home by late afternoon, the woman recounted, as she pointed out that another call at 17:30 hours went unanswered.
In fact subsequent calls to her son’s cellular phone went to voicemail. “No matter what he does, he always calls and let me know or at least answer he phone when I call…so I feel something bad happen to he,” said the evidently worried woman.
According to the worried mother, she is not aware of anyone who would want to hurt her son. She is however convinced that her son’s last passenger(s) might have answers to his sudden disappearance. No one at the Parika Stelling, she related, has been able to shed light on the identity of the passenger(s) her son transported last.
The woman disclosed on Wednesday that even her son’s “taxi friends” were worried enough by his disappearance to start their own search which saw them reaching as far as the East Coast of Demerara. The search was fruitless. “They went about asking people to find out if anybody see a strange car and they give people numbers so they could call if they have any information to help us find him,” said Bhanmatty Dalloo.
She disclosed that efforts were also made to check several hospitals for the missing man. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sherland Dalloo, or of the circumstances that led to his disappearance is asked to make contact with the nearest police station or his mother on 660-1940.
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