The 18-year-old boarded a Delta Airlines flight at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, St. Kitts on 28th May, 2011, en route to Vancouver, Canada, with connections in Atlanta and Seattle. Red flags were raised however, when the young man failed to board the connecting flight from Atlanta and as a result, did not arrive home as was expected.
Yesterday (3rd June), the young man was found after, according to reports, a resident made a report to the local police department. Information suggests that having arrived in Atlanta, Martin left the airport and boarded a bus which took him to Macon where he wandered into nearby woods where he spent several days, surviving only on water.
Further reports suggest that sometime on Friday morning, he went rapping on a door of one of the residents in the area seeking food and drink, which resulted in the Sherriff’s office being contacted. Eustace Victor Martin was reportedly taken to the hospital as he was dehydrated and malnourished and his family was contacted.
Father Martin, who resides at College Street Ghaut, St. Kitts, told MiyVue.com that his son spent approximately one year in St. Kitts visiting with him along with his grandmother and aunt before leaving the island on Saturday. He said it was either later than evening or the following day when he received a call indicating that his son had not yet returned home.
“He left here at 3 o’clock and apparently he was supposed to reach there (Atlanta) at 7:30 p.m. and his flight was to have left there at 9:30p.m. I hadn’t heard anything until later that night or the next day that he hadn’t arrived. That’s when the panic started. So right now, all I can tell you is that I am very happy. It was a very stressful week. I kept my cool because for some reason I had a feeling that he would be well because I trained them in certain ways that they would survive. I teach them also to have faith so I strongly about him being alive.”
Mr. Martin also explained that he learnt that his son was located, having received a call from another of his sons.
“My son called and told me he was found and then his mother got on the phone and told me yes he was found. So I called the hospital at 12 o’clock (pm- 3rd June) and they told me he was already released so they told me when he was released the police were there and that he was safe. So I called the police and they told me he was fine and I spoke to him and he told me he was fine. I told him when he gets home, when he gets by his mother, I would give him call and we could talk.”
He said during their initial conversation after his son was located, although brief, he reassured him that he loved him.
“I feel great. I feel so good that everything worked out in a positive light. The positive light is that my son is alive and well and able to communicate with me. I was able to communicate with him by phone. What we spoke about was nothing personal, it was just simply to say I love him, I told him to tell the police that found him or ended up with him, thanks and so forth. And everything went well…”
Martin said he heard several things in the media about his son’s ordeal but indicated that he would not be able to comment on that until he would have gleaned from his son, exactly what transpired.
“I heard news that he was found in the neighborhood rapping on doors when one of the neighbours called the police and then they were able to identify that it was him. I was also told that he was in the woods and that he stayed in the woods for five or six days without something to eat. And so, I cannot make any further comment on that until I find out from him what really happened.”
He reiterated that he is thankful that his son and expressed that, “There is a God”.