Benjamin and Onelia Rash are siblings who went missing on August 30, 2010. The two resided in San Marcus Village, Toledo District and remain unaccounted for up to now. Benjamin would have been celebrating his 19th birthday this week while Onelia turned 17 on October 5, 2019. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung spoke to the parents of the siblings.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Hopes remain alive as family members and friends maintain special thoughts on the birthday of two missing youths from San Marcos Village Toledo. Memories remain fresh of the disappearance on the afternoon of August 30 2010 when on that day 11 year old Benjamin and 9 year old Onelia Rash were both selling limes and craboo away from their home village of San Marcos. Since their mysterious disappearance concerns were echoed nationally and abroad as joint efforts were enacted to locate both alive and safe return to family. Only recently the youth’s father Pedro Rash was in Guatemala as part of his continued efforts to locate his son and daughter alive with hopes to have them both at home with their family on their birthdays as on October 5 Onelia turned 17 and on October 7 Benjamin turned 19. At their family home in San Marcos Pedro Rash Spoke to Love News.
Pedro Rash, Father of Missing Children: “So far I don’t know anything about them up to now but on this month on the 5th and 7th of October that is their birthday this month. So we are still remembering them and we believe that they are still living so we just want to tell people that if anyone knows about them or heard about them or if they are listening, please let me know.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Have you had the chance to go and look for them at any time?
Pedro Rash, Father of Missing Children: “I was in Coban about three month ago getting information about them but so far nothing.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: And with their birthday is there a special message you’d liked to send to them?
Pedro Rash, Father of Missing Children: “Well I would like to tell them that we are celebrating their birthday.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Nine years ago when they went missing Benjamin and Onelia were students at San Marcos RC School. We caught up with one of Benjamin’s classmates, now a teenager, Andrea Mocu.
Andrea Mocu, Childhood Friend: “Up to the time he went missing when we were told that Benjamin and his sister Onelia were missing all the students, teachers, parents and Rash family and villagers were very sad. We still miss them a lot and keep hoping that they will return safely to their family and village. We send them happy birthday wishes with prayers and love.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Life continues as normal in San Marcos Village as almost ten years have passed by without Benjamin or Onelia in their beloved home community. What is evident however is that memories and concerns for their safety and return home remain high as villagers maintain hope that the two missing youths will soon return to rejoin awaiting family and friends for their next birthday with community wishes for both Benjamin and Onelia visit the students, other youths and teachers at San Marcos Library Centre that was constructed and named in their honor.
The disappearance of the two had created chaos in PG as accusations flew and a house was set on fire.