Members of the joint Army-Police Patrol conducting the search for clues to Andrea Bharatt’s whereabouts, on Monday 1 February 2021. (Image: ABRAHAM DIAZ)
MARK BASSANT

After several hours of searching a forested area at Nonpariel Road off Fishing Pond Road in Sangre Grande today, a joint Army-Police Patrol are no closer to finding 23-year-old Andrea Bharatt.

From early this morning, Eastern Division Police combed the heavily forested area with the help of the Army and tracker dogs, in the hope of finding clues to Andrea’s whereabouts.

A senior police official revealed to Guardian Media that they were unable to find anything that could lead them to her, or any semblance of evidence that she actually had been in that area.

Andrea Bharatt was kidnapped on last Friday, January 29th, after entering a taxi with her co-worker.

After dropping off her female co-worker, the men in the vehicle allegedly kidnapped the Arima Magistrate clerk, who has not been since.

One of the alleged kidnappers had told her father on Friday night—when her father finally got through to Andrea’s cell-phone—that he “wanted some money” or he would “cut off her ears and send” to him.

Since then, four men were detained in East Trinidad for questioning in relation to her disappearance.

Investigations are ongoing.