Amherst woman reported missing in Jamaica


Staff Writer
Published: 11/28/2018 12:33:14 AM

AMHERST — A longtime local resident who has spent several months each winter in Jamaica is reported missing from her home on the Caribbean island.

Nancy Hardy, of Meadow Street, was at her home in Negril, a beach resort town on Jamaica’s western tip in the Westmoreland parish, at the time of her disappearance, according to news reports published in the Jamaica Observer and Jamaica Today.

Information provided by Negril Police to those newspapers, which are based five hours away in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, show that Hardy, 72, was reported missing Saturday at 10 a.m. after a person visiting her residence could not find her, and subsequent attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

Negril Police Tuesday referred questions from a Gazette reporter about Hardy’s disappearance to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Sharleen Brittell of East Greenbush, New York, who is a regular visitor to the same town, said in a phone interview Tuesday that many Americans, Canadians and Europeans live in Negril. She has spent significant time there, as well, but on the opposite side and away from Phase 3, Whitehall, where Hardy had been living. That section, she said, tends to have more crime than other parts.

For 10 years, until 2010, Hardy ran the Aerus Electrolux store in the Hampton Inn Village Shops on Route 9 in Hadley, and for another 10 years before that sold Electrolux products from her home.

At the time, she explained to customers that a medical condition required her to leave the country for four months between December and March.

Calls to Hardy’s home, which she has owned since 1989, according to town property records, indicated that the phone was either disconnected or out of service.

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