The children of missing landfill worker Anna Evans are without a place to live after having been evicted from their George Town homes on Tuesday.
More than 20 people in six families, including the five children of Ms. Evans, were served with writs of possession on Tuesday morning.
Bulldozers were scheduled to demolish homes on the property on Shedden Road on Wednesday afternoon.
The writ of possession issued by the court was stapled to several doors at the back of the 0.6-acre property because the lawful owner, Kent Rankin, wants to take possession of the property.
But residents, including Ms. Evans’s sister Noreen Dixon, who has been looking after the five children since their mother disappeared, said they planned to lock themselves inside in protest.
Ms. Dixon said the alternative was for her and the children, who are between the ages of 11 and 22, to be left on the streets.
“My sister did not have a home of her own. She paid rent for her and the children and when she went missing, I took them home,” she said.
“This is the bottom line, we do not have anywhere else to go. My mother is 58 … she point blank stated she is not moving.
“If they lock the doors, we are staying put, it is not going to be a very nice, outcome.”
Other residents living in the homes, across from Archie’s Bar, said they would not be moving.
Police arrived at the property Tuesday to begin boarding up the homes. Residents say they were told they had until 5 p.m. the following day to remove their belongings,
“I was in the house with my wife, daughter and grandbaby when officers started boarding up my house and [putting] padlocks on all the doors,” said Anthony Scott.
Mr. Scott said he was told by officers after they removed one padlock for his family to get out, that they had orders from the Grand Court and a letter from Mr. Rankine to lock up the place, and that the families living there could come back from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday to collect their belongings.
“I am staying put and not moving, and I just waiting until I hear back from my lawyer,” he said.
“I will lock myself in my home and I am not coming out,” said Lucy Seymour, 58, who gathered with other family members and children at the front of her house.
She claims the land belongs to her father “and I would like it to stay that way.”
Ms. Dixon said her family had lived on the property all their lives.
Setbacks since Ms. Evans’s disappearance
More than three years has passed since Ms. Evans disappeared on Jan. 27, 2011, and as the trail grows cold in solving the case, setbacks continue to plague Ms. Evans’s five children, said Ms. Dixon.
According to Ms. Dixon, when she found out they were going to be evicted she approached a politician about the matter and was told they would get back to her, but she has not heard anything else.
“Every time I go to government about Anna’s children, they make me cry. “They know my situation for assistance but …they tell me I must come and find them but what they must remember is, Ann went missing on her job working for government.”
To this day, there is no information about what happened to Ms. Evans. Despite intensive searches of the George Town landfill site and surrounding land and waterways by specialists, family and friends, police, and hundreds of volunteers, she had not been found. Even a $50,000 reward announced by dms Broadcasting at the time following her disappearance failed to yielded any positive leads.
To help the children, Ms. Dixon has published pleas for public support over the years.
“All the children … are very upset with no answers about their mother,” said Ms. Dixon. “I try to do the best I can with the little I have.”
Anyone interested in assisting may contact Noreen Dixon on 928-3504.