Cayman’s community is seeking to assist missing landfill worker Anna Evans’ five children Chelsea, Cruz, Celena, Cody and Christopher, who are all staying with their grandmother.
Mrs. Evans, 37, disappeared from her work site at the landfill on 27 January and has never been heard from again. Thursday will mark three weeks since she was last seen.
The massive food drive organised by Lighthouse School Principal Carla Bodden and staff saw an outpouring of community support of money, food vouchers and nonperishable food for the children.
Monday morning at Lighthouse, students and staff presented the items to the children who were accompanied by Mrs. Evans’ sister Noreen Dixon and first cousin Shanna Bodden.
“We are grateful for the tremendous support from the community. Right now all the children want is to have their mummy back home,” said Ms Bodden.
“The search for Anna continues; in the meantime we will be doing whatever we can to assist her children by keeping them calm and giving them as much love as possible.”
She said an organised food pantry will be set and regular checks will be made on the children to replace items when needed.
Principal Bodden, saddened by the circumstances, said she knew Mrs. Evans for over 10 years.
“If you knew Anna you had to love Anna, she was just a wonderful person,” she said.
“She was well known by staff and as a client of the early Intervention Programme, which works with children between the ages of 0-5 before attending regular school and she was also a personal friend of mine. Even when the children got older, the school continued the relationship with Mrs. Evans and her family,” she said.
“Anna would just pop by the school to see how we were doing. She was happy and appreciative of everything.”
Principal Bodden said the food drive was started after she sent an electronic flyer to parents of the school to assist.
“Those parents then sent the mail to various others in the community and everyone pitched in and helped,” she said. “For me it shows how the community came together at a time like this.”
Over the weekend a volunteer search by Cayman Islands civil servants, along with family and members of the community in the Windsor Park area turned up no clues as to the whereabouts of Mrs. Evans.
“We were able to cover much more territory than was initially planned. This was due to the very good turnout of persons who showed their love and concern for the family and friends of our friend and colleague, Ms Anna.
Such an outpouring of support was well received and much appreciated, stated a Civil Service Association release.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police were seeking to evoke an emotional response on Valentine’s Day from anyone who might still have information about Mrs. Evans’ disappearance.
On Monday, RCIPS released five Valentine’s Day cards – each written by one of Mrs. Evans’ five children – hoping someone would come forward with information.
“We love you, God watchin’ over you,” read one card from 14-year-old daughter Celena. “Please won’t you bring my mommy home.”
“Happy Valentines’ Day mommy from the first one you carry for nine months, we really miss you a lot,” wrote oldest son Christopher, 18.
The police service has performed extensive searches of the George Town landfill as well as areas surrounding Mrs. Evans’ Windsor Park home and other surrounding locations in attempts to find her.
Compass journalist Brent Fuller contributed to this story