Day 22: police believe adults may be harbouring missing teen
Police believe “complicit adults” could be involved in the case of missing teenager Ajahni Lema-Bascome, whose whereabouts has been unknown for three weeks.
Police said they had received “limited public assistance to date” on the 16-year-old’s possible location.
People “closely associated with Ajahni” have told police that he is safe and well but none appear willing, or able, to reveal where he might be.
Police Commissioner Darrin Simons said: “At this stage, we believe that Ajahni is being assisted by complicit adults.
“However, it is important to note that we do not have any evidence of harm inflicted upon him.”
“We have a dedicated vulnerable persons team in place who are actively involved in the search efforts.
“This team is composed of highly trained professionals who specialise in handling cases involving missing individuals.”
“Rest assured, we are doing everything within our power to locate Ajahni and ensure his safety.”
Mr Simons said police were applying “all available resources and expertise” towards “a positive resolution”.
Police said that at 16, Ajahni was a juvenile. They added that harbouring a juvenile was an offence under the law.
Anyone convicted is liable to a fine of up to $3,000 or up to six months in jail.
Police said they had been informed that Ajahni was “now wearing his hair out and it is no longer in plaits”.
His clothing would have also changed.
He is described as 5ft 8in tall, approximately 125lb, of light complexion and slim build, with dark hair.
Anyone with information or who may be assisting him in avoiding police is advised to immediately get in contact by calling 295-0011.
A spokesman added: “Additionally, we are in dialogue with the Department of Child and Family Services to ensure that all necessary steps are being taken to protect Ajahni’s wellbeing.
“If you have information on his whereabouts and would prefer to do so, please contact Department of Child and Family Services by calling 278-9111.”