Cuban mother and teen son missing

Update, 12:40pm: The Immigration Department has released photographs of the missing Cuban migrant mother and son who were last seen in George Town on Saturday afternoon.


Immigration officials are searching for a Cuban mother and her teenage child who went missing from their temporary accommodation in George Town Saturday.

The mother and her 15-year-old son were among a group of six Cuban migrants who came ashore on Little Cayman on 4 February. They did not report to the Immigration Department as required over the weekend and were last seen by the owner of the house in which they had been placed in George Town early Saturday afternoon.

Nelvis Madeleinis Rodriguez, 33, and her son, Adriano Aldana Rodriguez, had been granted temporary admission to Cayman while their application for asylum was being processed.

“We are putting out their pictures for public dissemination with other law enforcement agencies and canvassing the island to see if we can identify where they are… for their own safety,” said Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith. “We don’t know where they are and we don’t know under what conditions they exist right now.”

The deputy chief immigration officer in charge of enforcement Gary Wong said he did not think the mother and son had left the island by boat as the weather and sea conditions over the last couple of days were “not conducive to a vessel coming and picking them up”.

He said officials were concerned for the pair’s safety. “They are in a foreign country where they don’t know anyone. There are people who are sympathetic to their plight, but people need to understand there is a process that we must adhere to. They were going through that process… They had applied for asylum and we were in the process of reviewing her claim of asylum,” said Mr. Wong.

The mother is described as being 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 120lbs. She has black hair and brown eyes. Her son is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the missing mother and child should contact the Immigration Department on 949-8344 or Mr. Wong on 526-0480.