Plea for Anna Evans’s children

Almost three years have passed since their mother’s disappearance, and the road to recovery for Anna Evans’s children has not been easy.  

Celina 17, Chelsea 15, Cody 13, and Cruz 10, still struggle with nightmares, depression and questions about their mother’s whereabouts. 

Ms Evans, 37, went missing on Jan. 27, 2011, and since that time the family has not heard or seen anything to bring closure. 

“We need closure. If closure does not come, I don’t know what is going to happen,” said Noreen Dixon, Ms Evans’s sister and guardian of her youngest children. 

To this day, there is no information about what happened to Ms Evans, who disappeared after leaving her job at the landfill, despite intensive searches of the George Town landfill site and surrounding land and waterways by police, specialist dogs from the U.S., family members and hundreds of volunteers. A $50,000 reward announced by dms broadcasting in the weeks following the disappearance also failed to yielded any positive leads.  

To help the children, Ms Dixon has published a plea for public support in the Caymanian Compass.
Cruz Evans needs to travel overseas for urgent medical attention after suffering seizures, Ms Dixon said. The other children are also in need of clothes, shoes and other personal items. 

“Cruz has experienced a very difficult time since his mother’s disappearance. Nightmares and questions of when his mother is coming home have been a daily routine,” she said.  

“The other children do not say very much, but one can see the sadness on their faces, especially when it comes to Mother’s Day, birthdays, family gatherings and other outings.”  

Ms Dixon said her brother and sister keep abreast of any news from police, but so far she has no new information. Her job, she said, is trying to raise the children the best way she can. 

“I would love for those children to see their mother, just to ease the depression on the children. It is heart-breaking because they do not know what happened to her. If she is alive and well … no problem! But I hope someone will say something because the children need closure.” 

Ms Dixon said, “When things like this happen, it makes it very hard for children to adjust. Sometimes they become rebellious, and with the smaller ones it is even harder for them to come to grips.” 

She said the school calls sometimes to say Cody has been rude or he is not doing what he should be doing at school. “I try to tell him that regardless of whatever you have and know, or how much you miss your mother you need to focus on schoolwork and try to do a little bit better.” 

Ms Dixon says all the children are on rocky ground, but they are still trying to cope and do their best. She tries to do the best she can with food and other items they might need, but it is still difficult. 

“The children really needs someone to talk to, like a counselor,” said Ms Dixon, “Social workers from the Children and Family Services were supposed to be setting up some counseling sessions, but it was not an ongoing thing. The children had some counseling and it has been some help, but some are shy and don’t want to talk about it because they said counseling does not help to some extent. One child feels it is better to talk to God and get the strength she needs from him.” 

In making this appeal, Ms Dixon said she thanks God for the first dollar. “It might not be much, but whatever people can give – whether it is money, food or clothes – it will be greatly appreciated.”  

Ms Dixon receives some help with food vouchers from the government once a month, for which she is grateful, but she said the children are still in need of many things. 

 

To contribute, contact Noreen Dixon on 928-3504. Anna Evans is described as being 5-feet, 7-inches tall with a dark complexion, slim build, brown eyes and black hair. When last seen, she was wearing her Department of Environmental Health uniform – gray pants, a gray and orange shirt, brown boots and a plain blue baseball cap. Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 

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Anna Evans’s children attended the Silent Witness march with guardian Noreen Dixon. – Photo: Jewel Levy
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