By DULCIE OREKE
A COUPLE from Yule Island in the Kairuku-Hiri district of Central province, is searching for their 18-year-old daughter who disappeared on Jan 18.
Apollonia Oa, a student from Mainohana Secondary School, left Morata 3 where she was residing with relatives and did not return at her usual time that day, according to parents Peter and Leontine Oa.
Her father said Apollonia, after completing her Grade 10 examinations last Oct, arrived in Port Moresby where she took up part-time employment with a shop in Gordon.
Her parents arrived about a week ago from the village where they decided to settle her Grade 11 school for this year when she disappeared.
Mr Oa said they filed a missing persons report at the Waigani police station yesterday, and at the same time, they also checked withfamily and friends.
He said no one they contacted knew of her whereabouts.
Both parents appealed to her as well as others who might be holding her captive to release her so she could return to her family and complete her studies.
Mr Oa described his daughter as a “hard worker and bright girl” who assisted her mother with household chores and did not get into other social activities.
She is of fair complexion, long hair and was last seen donning a yellow top and blue jeans.
Mr Oa said his daughter was on her first job experience at the time of her disappearance.
He added that when he contacted Apollonia’s work colleagues, they told him that she had not gone to work that Monday.
Meanwhile, in another case, a widow is also looking for her cousin, Mark Yer, who went to work along Waigani Drive last week and did not return home after work.
Elizabeth Lavage said her attempts at checking at the Boroko police station and the Port Moresby General Hospital were futile.
She added that she was worried that the cousin, who was last seen in a light blue shirt and blue pants, could be in danger as he was once abused by some thugs two weeks ago.
She also called on her cousin to contact her and inform her of his whereabouts if he did not want to return home.