Yeah, I was going to do a Make-a-List Monday yesterday of people who disappeared on the fourth of July, but life intervened: I got more and more manic over the weekend and as a result I was awake for two and a half days in spite of lying quietly in bed most of the time. I developed an ear infection and due to the holiday weekend, no outpatient clinics were open, so I had to go to the hospital for treatment. I was bouncing off the walls by this point and they outright asked if I was on drugs. (I was not. Except the ones I’m supposed to be taking.) Then on Monday I finally crashed and slept. all. day.
Anyway. Today’s missing person of the week is Uma Davi Sewpersaud, a thirteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Orlando, Florida on January 28, 2002. Uma is either from Guyana or at least of Guyanese parentage. Guyana is in South America but culturally, it’s Caribbean, and almost half the population is of Indian (that is, Asian) descent, including Uma.
Anyway, the cops think Uma ran away. I hope she really did and hasn’t met with foul play. I mean, it’s been 15 years now. But if she went to Guyana, as the police believe she might have, maybe that’s why she’s fallen off the map.
Oh, and I would like to note (for people who want to identify bodies) that she was tiny, even for her age, when she disappeared. Less than four and a half feet tall and just 70 pounds. (At the same age I was 5’1 or 5’2 and around 90 or 100 pounds.) Maybe if she died shortly after her disappearance and her body was found, they might have thought it was of a younger girl.
I don’t think the picture you have on your home page under weekly featured missing is a picture of Uma. It looks like an old man.
Refresh the page.
Am I completely missing the boat here, or is, and was, LE making no legitimate effort to solve this case? I find it hard – no, make that impossible – to believe that ANYBODY in 2002, much less a 13-year-old, could simply “go to Guyana” from the US without, you know, the standard, easily traced basics: a passport and a plane ticket. An adult must be involved regardless, and suspects must be readily identifiable. And yet all LE can say is “we think she went to Guyana” without supplying any details? What is going on here?
I hope Uma was found safe.
She is still missing.