Man arrested for helping missing teen

| 06/05/2010

(CNS): Police have arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of assisting missing teenager Shandi Sandoval (left) by providing food and shelter. However, the RCIPS says the 15-year-old girl, who has been missing from a local care home since Monday 19 April, has not yet been traced, though over the past few days there have been a number of sightings of her. Police believe that she is moving around the island in an effort to avoid being found. Officers from the RCIPS Family Support Unit (FSU) are working with other departments of the force, partner agencies, and friends and family of the girl to establish where she is.

Following a police operation on Tuesday 4 May, the 20-year-old man was arrested. He has been released on police bail while enquiries continue. Renewing the appeal for information about the current whereabouts of the youngster, Detective Inspector Christsandra Mitchell of the RCIPS Family Support Unit, said, “Shandi has been missing several times before. She is a ward of court and we are working with partners to trace her as quickly as we possibly can. However, we also need the help of the public. It’s clear that someone must know where she is and where she has been since leaving the care home on Monday 19 April.

“There have been a number of sightings of the girl, and we know that she is being assisted by people who are feeding her as well as providing shelter and clothing. One man has already been arrested and I would remind others who are assisting her that they are interfering with a police investigation. We will have no hesitation in putting anyone doing that before the courts.”

Shandi is described as being of slim build, weighing about 125 lbs, 5’ 3” in height, brown complexion with shoulder length curly black hair. When last seen she was wearing green camouflage shorts, a white t-shirt and brown ankle boots.

Anyone who has any information which could assist the police in tracing Shandi is asked to contact their local police office, or the Family Support Unit on 946-9185.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    CNS – why are you allowing comments on this particular arrest but not others? Is there not the same risk of biasing the case?

  2. Anonymous says:

    CNS – You do fantastic work and I apologise if this comes across as pedantic. My suggestion for your consideration is that in sensitive matters perhaps you could ensure that the headline description matches the essence of the offense on which the arrest is based. There is no offense of helping someone last time I checked.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What area has she been seen in ?