Missing woman is dependable, says friend
A young mother missing for more than two weeks is a caring and dependable person, a friend helping to search for her said yesterday.
Chavelle Dillon-Burgess, 26, who has an 18-month-old baby, was last seen at her home on Hillview Road, Warwick.
She was reported missing to police on April 30.
Her friend said that she would never expect Ms Dillon-Burgess to go missing.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “She's the type of person that if you need anything, she's there on time.
“If you need help with something, you don't even need to really ask.
“She's reliable. She's just that person.”
The 21-year-old Hamilton Parish resident encouraged others to take part in future searches while Ms Dillon-Burgess remains missing.
She said: “This is Bermuda. Bermuda is only so big. I don't feel like it should have been two weeks since someone has last seen her.”
Friends, colleagues and community members took part in the search for Ms Dillon-Burgess in Warwick yesterday.
Antonio Belvedere organised the search effort, which set off from the Rubber Tree, near the Warwick Post Office, shortly after noon.
More than a dozen members of the public were supported by members of the Bermuda Police Service. Small groups of people wearing face coverings searched along the Railway Trail and neighbouring properties, and spoke with members of the public to see if they had spotted the missing woman.
Mr Belvedere said that his call to community members was to try to bolster search efforts by police and the Royal Bermuda Regiment.
He added: “I feel like the more people, the better.”
Mr Belvedere pledged that search efforts would continue until Ms Dillon-Burgess was found.
He said: “It's not just today. This is going to happen until we find Chavelle and bring her home safe.”
Mr Belvedere encouraged people across all parts of the island to keep their eyes and ears open for any signs of the missing mother.
He added: “I'm hoping that she's safe. I'm hoping that she's just taking some time to herself.
“I'm thinking about her family, I'm thinking about her, and praying for them.
“We definitely need to unite and bring her home safely.”
Mr Belvedere posted the call for search volunteers on Facebook on Monday night.
He said that the strong response he received from residents did not come as a surprise.
Mr Belvedere explained: “We're Bermudians. I knew that the reaction was going to be that. I knew that the masses would come out.
“It was an amazing feeling to see that Bermudians were willing to step up for this.”
Ms Dillon-Burgess works at the Fairmont Southampton.
Simon Boden, the area director of sales and marketing at the hotel, said he and other employees wanted to help find their missing co-worker. He added that he had learnt of the search effort through a WhatsApp group chat of hotel employees.
Sergeant Cerepha Bridgeman, of the Bermuda Police Service's Community Policing Unit, thanked those who had helped with the search. She described Mr Belvedere's effort to organise the search as “very impressive”.
Ms Bridgeman added: “It's good to see that the community are part of efforts in helping. All hands on deck makes the job much easier.”
She said she was not aware of any sightings of Ms Dillon-Burgess since she was last seen two weeks ago.
Acting Superintendent Arthur Glasford told a press conference on Monday: “It is highly uncommon for Chavelle to not make contact with her loved ones and close friends.”
Rose Belboda, Ms Dillon-Burgess's mother, joined Mr Glasford to ask the public for help to find her daughter.
Ms Dillon-Burgess is described as 5ft 4in, slim and brown-skinned.
Anyone with information that could help the inquiry should contact police at 247-1624 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.