Five years ago, Vicki Bhagwandass-Jaggan faced a mother’s ultimate nightmare when her daughter disappeared.
Nicole Jaggan, an 18-year-old hairdressing student, did not return home after attending a class in San Fernando.
She was never found.
Last week, Bhagwandass-Jaggan’s younger son walked to a nearby supermarket and never came back.
Andron Jaggan, 15, went to purchase a loaf of bread for his ailing mother and siblings.
But the mother believes her two children are alive and will return home.
In an emotional interview with the Express, Bhagwandass-Jaggan promised to continue searching for the two children.
“I don’t think they are dead. I will continue searching for them. Even if I have to search alone, I will do it,” she said.
Bhagwandass-Jaggan said she became worried when her son did not return home by mid-afternoon on Saturday and began calling his cellphone. But he did not take the cellphone with him that morning.
“I never recovered from Nicole’s disappearance. I suffered tremendously. Nicole was not my biological daughter but I cared for her since a baby and we shared a very close relationship. She was my child. I fell ill after she disappeared. I lost my mind. I was in the mental ward at the hospital. My left side cannot move well. My body is still swollen. I am in and out of hospital,” she cried.
Bhagwandass-Jaggan said she was not prepared to lose another child. “If my son does not come home, this mother cannot live on this earth,” she said.
Police are not certain whether the cases were linked but will pursue all leads, a senior officer said.
Andron Jaggan was reported missing to the Barrackpore police.
The family lives in an unfinished house at Boodoo Trace, Penal.
Relatives said the mother had become protective over her four younger children after her daughter vanished.
She told police, “Please help me find my son. I didn’t get over Nicole yet and now this happen. I cannot go through this again. It will kill me.”
Police said a statement was recorded and an investigation is ongoing.
In February 2014, Nicole Jaggan was reported missing when she did not return home from her hairdressing class.
Back then the family lived at Suchit Trace in Debe and it was the first time she was travelling home by taxi.
She was wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and sandals. Checks at the school revealed that the teen never showed up for classes and calls to her cellphone went unanswered.
Her father, Prakash Jaggan knew his first born had not run away from home. She would never leave behind her younger siblings and her parents, he said.
Bhagwandass-Jaggan fell ill and never recovered from the torment of losing her child, the Express was told.
The parents separated and Bhagwandass-Jaggan and her four younger children, including Andron, moved to Penal.
The family told a story about midnight calls from a number in Venezuela raising questions of whether Nicole had been a victim of human trafficking.
The father dismissed rumours that his daughter had escaped a life of misery at home, saying the family had shared a loving, close relationship.
Jaggan posted flyers across the country but no one called with information on his daughter’s whereabouts.
He contacted her close friends hoping they would reveal a secret life but that too did not happen.
For weeks extensive searches by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, joined by officers from the Central, Southern and South Western divisions, turned up empty-handed.
Jaggan said he had given DNA samples after skeletal remains of a woman were found in a forested area off Bunsee Trace in Penal.
Police confirmed that enquiries were also ongoing into reports that a prisoner in custody for murder may have information on the teenager’s disappearance. The prisoner reportedly said he had knowledge of what happened to Jaggan.
Anyone with information that can assist the family can contact 800-TIPS or contact the police at 555, 999, 911, 482-GARY or any police station.