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IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Help me find my dad

Maria Bradshaw

IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Help me find my dad

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WHERE IS Carl DaCosta Mascoll?

The 67-year-old, who lived at Kingsland Park, Christ Church, vanished without a trace a year ago, causing great distress to his relatives.

His daughter, Lisa Farnum, still cannot come to grips with the mystery surrounding his disappearance and is once more appealing to anyone who has information about him to come forward.

Farnum explained that last June she received a distress telephone call from a woman telling her that her father was missing and that she should contact the police.

“She told me that one of his friends placed a note on her door saying that my father was missing. I thought that was a little strange. Why just a note; why not speak to her?”

Farnum said she immediately went to her father’s house and found it equally strange that his door was opened. “It didn’t look disturbed in any way; the bed was made and his cellphone was on the bed. It just looked like he had tidied up that morning and he went out except he didn’t leave his door unlocked. I went to the police and made a report.”

Missing reports

An investigator was assigned to the case and missing reports were issued to the media but no information has been forthcoming about her father’s whereabouts.

Farnum pointed out that apart from low blood pressure and an enlarged pancreas her father had no other ailments and was in good health.

“I had seen him in June, he came to the house and he was fine; there was nothing out of the ordinary.

Her father did contract work for Rubis as a welder and it was actually a work colleague who left the note indicating that Mascoll was missing.

Farnum said she had never been able to get much information from the police.

“The investigator went to the house and he said he would talk to the people at Rubis but he never told me anything or he never seemed to have found anything that was of any significance,” she said. “I would call, not often because I didn’t want them to think I was bothering them, but when I did call it still did seem as though I was upsetting them. It was kinda like, ‘don’t call us we will call you’.

Not a word

“After a while he told me the case had been passed onto his superiors and I never heard anything from his superiors or anyone else.”

She recalled visiting Rubis’ head office on Spring Garden after people encouraged her to go and see about her father’s tools.

“I was at the security gate and I wanted to find out when was the last date my father had logged in and there was a call telling security not to let me go through the log. I thought that was strange.”

She said a manager then came to the gate and informed her that she would have to contact the police about getting her father’s belongings and about any other information she wanted about his work there.

Fighting back tears, Farnum pointed out she has continued to relentlessly search for her father, placing notices on social media websites.

“I checked with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Someone recently told me they saw him at the Psychiatric Hospital. I went there; it wasn’t him. Someone said they saw him at a dance but my father did not like dancing and he would not go to those places, and someone said they saw him walking in the Pine.

As she buried her head in her hands and wiped away the tears, Farnum confessed that she had been having anxiety attacks since her father’s disappearance.

“I would love to think that he has just gone somewhere because he was frustrated; gone somewhere to start over or do something different or whatever but I just don’t know. I still want to believe that he is somewhere out there and that he would call and say that he is fine.”

She described her father as 5ft 10in tall, slimly built, of brown complexion with brown eyes and carrying tattoos of a mermaid and an anchor on his arm.

“He is not extroverted; he is very into himself. If he is with people he knows he would laugh and talk but he wouldn’t go looking for company and he certainly wouldn’t go looking for trouble,” she said.

“I am not dramatic and bold enough for the police to get involved and call out the national guard but at the same time I just want to find my father.”

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