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Elderly woman reported missing, discovered dead

After being reported missing by her family, Islyn Fowler, 70, was found dead in a field on Rose Close, off Hanna Road, shortly after noon yesterday, police said.

Fowler, a mother of three and grandmother of 10, was last seen shortly after 3 a.m. on Tuesday, according to her family.

Letitia Fowler, one of Fowler’s daughters, recalled the morning they realized her mother was not at home in her bed.

“We don’t let her go out alone,” Fowler said.

“She left very, very early in the morning.

“It was still dark when she left because we had one sighting of her at 3 a.m. right at the end of our street.

“It wasn’t usual for her to do it. I mean she has done it before but she would probably go and get as far as the farm store and they would recognize her and bring her back home, but it’s never been to this extent.

“…I just expected that whenever I can’t find her I would just go walk about the yard and I’d find her or she’d be in a part of the house that I haven’t checked yet; you know she always showed up.

“But I guess when a few hours [passed] I reported her missing and then nothing and I started to get a little bit worried.

“You know our hope is in the Lord and whether things don’t go our way he’s good; whether things go our way he’s good. He does not change; he remains the same and he is our hope and once you have that hope you have everything.”

Fowler said her mother was diagnosed with dementia and severe depression in 2015.

She also suffered from epilepsy.

“She had a number of issues that she was dealing with so to see her really sit there and waste her life away on that couch it wasn’t a good feeling, it worried me,” Fowler said.

“I walked past her bed on Sunday night, rubbing her head, telling her how much I love her.

“I said ‘mommy, I feel so sorry for you’ and I rubbed her and I told her how much I loved her. “

Islyn Fowler was a homemaker and spent most of her days cooking for and taking care of her children.

She was a member of the Central Gospel Chapel, where she sang in the choir.

“She was always very giving,” he daughter said.

“She used to like to bake bread on Saturdays and give it to the neighbors. She liked to cook. She was an excellent cook. Her [grandchildren] will miss her for that especially.”

Fowler said their family will most miss her mother’s giving spirit.

“That was the most wonderful thing about her,” she said.

 Police said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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