Press Release

Premier's Office
Immigration Department
Immigration, Security
Release Date:
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 - 11:13am

Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Mrs. Nadia Demming-Hodge has confirmed that detainee Ms. Ianna Thomas has been recaptured.

Ms. Thomas, a Guyanese national, escaped from the Immigration Department’s temporary detention facility at Hotel Castle Maria early on Monday, August 22. Ms. Thomas was being detained there pending repatriation, after having arrived in the Territory illegally by sea in July 2022. 

Mrs. Demming-Hodge thanked the public for assisting in Ms. Thomas’ recapture, and specifically the caller who provided the information on the detainee’s location.

The Immigration Department continues to contribute to the security and prosperity in building a better BVI, by operating fair but firm immigration control that regulates and facilitates the movement of people through BVI borders while exercising sound judgment in the performance of duties.


April Glasgow

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations
Phone: (284) 468-2730