Father of Missing Cuban Woman Speaks Out on Mother's Day and Criticizes Police Inaction

Monday, May 13, 2024 by Charlotte Gomez

Father of Missing Cuban Woman Speaks Out on Mother's Day and Criticizes Police Inaction
Tomas Marín y su hija Karildi - Imagen de © Tomas Marín / Facebook

The father of Karildi Marín, a young Cuban woman who has been missing in Havana since December 14, remembered his daughter on Mother's Day. Karildi, a mother to a young daughter, was celebrated through various Facebook posts by her father, Tomás Marín, showcasing her in her role as a mother, including a photo taken shortly before she gave birth, as well as others with her one-year-old daughter.

In a Facebook group titled "Denouncing Crimes in Cuba," Tomás wrote, "A path of blessings for my granddaughter and her mom." This heartbroken father also denounced the lack of action and apparent disinterest by the police in the search for his daughter, who has now been missing for five months.

"All the officers involved in the case do nothing but sit around. I'm sure if it were one of their daughters, she would have been found by now. This is Cuba, where if you have no connections, you get nowhere," he emphatically stated.

This is not the first time Karildi’s family has criticized the authorities for their inefficiency regarding her disappearance. Her brother Yoandri, who has been active on social media to keep the case alive, criticized the police work on April 17, asserting that "those who are supposed to ensure public tranquility are not doing their jobs properly."

"There are no leads on her whereabouts, why is it that despite providing tips, no suspects have appeared?" he questioned.

Days before the four-month anniversary of Karildi's disappearance, Yoandri shared how much he missed his sister. "I've been under a lot of stress, my hair even started falling out, so I decided to keep up with my exercise. I just pray to God to keep my sister safe and help me find her," he said.

Karildi Marín, 24, lives in Párraga, in the Arroyo Naranjo municipality of Havana. She disappeared on the night of December 14 after heading to a party in Cerro, and since then, there has been no news of her whereabouts.

"It's a very sad and tough situation for the whole family. We will not stop searching for you; we need to know what has happened to you, my sister. Your family loves you and longs for your return," expressed Yoandri in late March.

He reiterated the contact number 54291630 for anyone who might have any information. On March 19, he wrote on Facebook: "We continue to search for you; your family will not rest until we hear from you. I ask all authorities in this country for help, how is it possible for a young woman to just disappear? It's been almost 100 days without any news of her."

The family has ruled out the possibility that she left the country since her passport was found at home.

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