SSP Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit
The St. Thomas Police have requested the assistance of the Canine Division in the search for nine-year-old Phylicia Prussia, who was abducted from her home in Bath, St. Thomas on Thursday evening.
The search has intensified in the Bath and Batchelors Hall communities.
Phylicia is of brown complexion, slim build and four feet six inches tall.
She was last seen wearing a white blouse and blue shorts.
Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, told Radio Jamaica News that closed circuit television (CCTV) captured the child walking with a man in the community sometime after 7 o'clock on Thursday.
A search was launched by the police along with members of the community, however, there has been no sign of the child.
SSP Lindsay said the suspect is known to the police as he was charged with illegal possession of firearm and had been reporting to them on condition of his bail.
She urged anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the man and little girl to contact the police 119 emergency number or their nearest police station.
SSP Lindsay noted that shortly before abducting the little girl, the man reportedly held up another woman at her home with a knife.
He cut her and ran when her spouse intervened.
While the woman was reporting that incident at Bath Police Station, Phylicia's mother turned up to report her daughter missing.