There was a lot of odd news reported over the weekend, but this had to be one of the most suspicious stories on the Internet given the Jackson family’s fighting over Michael’s estate and even Paris’ upcoming movie roles.
Late Saturday night, Katherine Jackson’s nephew Trent reported her missing to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office saying none of her grandchildren had been able to get in touch with her for over a week. Fourteen-year-old Paris, Michael’s daughter, made the news even more public when she tweeted on Sunday morning:
“yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now.”
The public’s gears started grinding immediately thinking one of Katherine’s sons might have potentially done something to her since it’s been reported that Michael left all of his money to his mother, as well as placed his children in her care. But then Jermaine sent out his own Twitter message about his mother, insisting that she wasn’t missing, but resting in Arizona. He wrote:
Let me put to bed today’s nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported “missing”
This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.
Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist “missing person” report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told.
No-one is being “blocked” from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family, but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns.
Before Jermaine’s assurance that his mother was safe and her whereabouts known, lawyer Sandra L. Ribera of the Ribera law firm that filed the missing report, insisted they had good reason to be concerned.
“The kids were trying to get a hold of their grandmother and they haven’t been able to reach her for almost a week,” Ribera told Reuters in an email. “They are told she’s unavailable. I’m concerned that she’s not safe.”
After Jermaine’s statement came out, she commented further:
“Concerned family members, particularly Michael’s children, have since made ongoing pleas to those believed to have knowledge of (Katherine’s) location for information regarding her whereabouts. The only reports provided have been both conflicting and confusing – especially those pertaining to the status of Katherine Jackson’s health.”
Adding more confusion, or perhaps support, to Jermaine’s statement was this tweet from Paris, backtracking on her initial missing claim:
“I am going to clarify right now that what has been said about my grandmother is a rumor and nothing has happened, she is completely fine.”
According to Reuters, Paris also apologized to her uncles online, but all tweets have since been deleted. I don’t think anyone will be sure of Katherine’s state until she makes an appearance or statement herself. TMZ claims LA law enforcement officials informed them they spoke with Katherine and she is alright; therefore, they are now turning their attention on her nephew Trent to see why he had the report filed in the first place. Something still seems off though. What do you think?
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