Reward posted for missing woman

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 October, 2010, 12:00am

Family and friends of Hong Kong businesswoman Carole Day have offered a HK$35,500 reward as Philippines police step up efforts to find her a month after she vanished in Manila.

Day (pictured), 56, the widow of District Court judge Richard Day, who died in 2005, went missing on September 12 on a business trip to the Philippine capital and has not been seen since. She was last seen by her business partner at a showroom and was meant to leave that day for Cebu or Thailand but failed to show up in either destination and has not left the Philippines according to immigration records.

In Manila, where he has spent the past three weeks looking for his mother, son Jai Day said yesterday he hoped the 200,000-pesos reward would bring new leads in the search for Day, who runs her own interior design company.

Appeals for help with the offer of the reward have been made in newspapers and on radio and TV stations, but Jai said: 'There has been a response but they've all been extortion attempts so far.'

However he insisted: 'We are going to find her. There's no reason we won't find her. On the one hand it is positive that nobody has seen her. By this time, someone would have reported it if she was dead in the street or floating in a river somewhere.

'A foreign white female going to hospital would have been noticed immediately, so that's positive too, I suppose. But on the other hand, we have only had one or two leads.'

He dismissed reports in a Philippine newspaper that human blood had been found in the showroom Day visited before disappearing, raising the possibility of foul play.

'There were bloodstains found but first of all they're not human,' he said. 'I've just got back from the laboratory and they've found that they weren't human and they were also very old. It's a relief I suppose.'

Jai, whose visa expires after 21 days in Manila, is due to fly to Hong Kong today to brief family friends on the search before returning to the Philippines. Friends in Hong Kong are setting up a website to collect donations towards the reward.

The search for Day is being co-ordinated by the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation, the investigation arm of the Justice Department, which said yesterday it was stepping up its efforts to find her.