AN 18-YEAR-old Penal student has gone missing.
And with the police showing no sign of actively looking for the teenager, her family has launched a desperate search.
Nicole Jaggan, of Suchit Trace, left her home yesterday morning to attend classes at a hairdressing school in San Fernando.
Her mother, Vicki Bhagwandass-Jaggan, said she dropped her off at the junction at Suchit Trace and SS Erin Road around 8 a.m.
The teenager was last seen wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and a pair of sandals. She carried a white handbag with flowers.
Bhagwandass-Jaggan said her daughter began travelling by taxi to San Fernando on her own only three weeks ago.
“She started (attending) Omatie’s Beauty School in January, and her father and I dropped her to school for the first few days. I said she is old enough to travel now, but I would call her around 2.15 p.m. to ask her if she got into a taxi or was on the way home,” said the mother.
“On Monday, I called her phone around 1.30 p.m. to ask her something but I did not get any reply. I called an hour later and still nothing.
“I kept calling and by 4 p.m. when she was still not answering I called her father and said to come home right away because something is wrong,” she said.
Bhagwandass-Jaggan said they contacted the school, and was told the teenager did not turn up for classes on Monday.
The family went to the Penal Police Station and reported her missing.
Bhagwandass-Jaggan said relatives spent Monday night contacting her friends on Facebook and on the telephone, but no one had information on the whereabouts of the girl.
Relatives have approached Penal businesses with CCTV cameras to review their tapes.
Family members said they will visit TSTT (Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago) to ask for records to determine when and to whom Jaggan made her last few cellphone calls.
The public is being asked to share the photograph of Jaggan on social media. Friends have begun handing out missing persons flyers in Penal and San Fernando.
Anyone with information can contact the Penal Police Station at 647 1233, or the family at 757 3012; 473 3947; or 770 7731.