In a recent publication by The Star, it was made known that a concerned Trinidadian, Sophia Ruffen, has made an offer of US five million dollars as a reward for anyone who can come forward with valuable information related to the investigation into the disappearance of Donna-Lee Donaldson.
The US resident, Ruffen, is the mother of a five-year-old girl and she stated that as soon as the news about Donaldson’s disappearance was aired, a chord inside her was struck. She said that she was so moved by the case that she is willing to offer up a five million dollar reward for any information about the missing woman or if she can be located.
She went on to say that “too many women are going missing in Jamaica that is going unsolved.” She also stated that Donaldson “has to be found”, and that justice needs to be served. Ruffen explained that someone knows details regarding the case and since money loosens lips, a reward will surely convince whoever that person is to “come forward and say something.”
Ruffen admitted that she grew up in a country where the kidnapping of women and children was prevalent (the country being Trinidad), and this is why the case of 24-year-old Donaldson hits so close to home. Coupled with how much she was drawn towards Donaldson’s aura as a host on 876 Roommates, 38-year-old Ruffen said she felt compelled to offer the reward.
The entrepreneur vocalized that she is in a situation where she can assist and this is her “way of helping.” She stated that this could have happened just as easily to anyone close to her and the progression of the case has seen her spending extra time on prayers to keep her child safe.
Ruffen emphasized that the reward will only be paid out to anyone who has concrete information that leads to an arrest and the purse will consist of her finances as well as from “Helping Hands”, which is an overseas charity.