A Canadian couple has praised the professionalism of police officers here, for the role they played in locating the wife’s 28 year old step-son.
Herb and Patricia Hildebrandt lauded the local cops in a letter to Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir.
The Canadian couple disclosed that they were vacationing here last month with Mrs. Hildebrandt’s son, Tyler Rouse, when the trio visited the Latille waterfall in Micoud.
They said although being asked by the owner to wait, they decided to walk on their own to find a swimming hole when the owner became sidetracked with business.
According to the letter to the Acting Police Commissioner, during the walk it was realized that the trek was too rough for Mrs. Hildebrandt who was at the time wearing only ‘flip flop’ slippers.
Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrandt said they returned to the main camp while Tyler forged ahead to find the swimming hole and go swimming.
The Hildebrandts said after Tyler did not return after about 1.5 hours and efforts were made by the owner of the facility and his staff to locate him, the Micoud police were notified.
They said Tyler, who had a tough year without employment and was dealing with minor depression, did not have a phone, wallet or money that they knew of.
The Canadian couple revealed there were ‘slight miscommunications’ preventing a quick resolution of the problem.
Tyler was eventually located at the home the family was renting, heading there after swimming for about an hour and failing to locate his mother and step-father.
“He made his way home thinking we would just meet him there,” the Hildebrandts wrote in their letter to Acting Commissioner Desir.
“ This lengthy letter is to advise you of the outstanding job Inspector Alcee and his men did in their efforts to located our son in spite of the miscommunication and minimal information on hand at that time. Inspector Alcee and the many officers, and from our understanding, private citizens and volunteers, maintained a very large search area from Latille falls to Micoud through Vieux Fort and Laborie until Inspector Alcee directed the SSU to drive us to Laborie and make a direct search, locating Tyler,” they said.
The couple noted that even the Laborie police, who had received bad information, acted on that information as best they could, doing a town wide search.
The Hildebrandts said they were “extremely impressed” with the professionalism of the police officers involved and the genuine concern for their son by the people of Laborie and Micoud.
Mr. Hildebrandt said he personally would like to thank the female officers involved who had direct contact with his wife both at Micoud station and one SSU female officer who was part of the escort.
“They consoled my wife at a time of uncertainty and kept her from having a total breakdown in a time of crisis,” he declared.
Hildebrandt said he and his wife do not like to visit the same place twice, as the earth is a big planet.
But he stated that Saint Lucia has just made the couple’s exception list.