Police have arrested a West Bay man in connection with the killing of a Swiss banker earlier this month.
The 28-year-old suspect was taken into custody Thursday night and was expected to remain locked up through the weekend. No charges had been filed against him at press time.
Frederic Bise, 40, was found dead in a burning Mitsubishi Outlander just after dawn on 8 February. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of a home Mr. Bise was renting along Mount Pleasant Road.
Police were quick to note that Thursday’s arrest does not close the case. Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden said officers still need anyone with information about the crime to come forward.
In particular, Mr. Bodden said detectives were seeking the driver of a car spotted in the area just before the Mitsubishi caught fire. Mr. Bodden said the vehicle was possibly a Honda.
‘I appeal directly to the driver to come forward and speak with investigators,’ he said. ‘It is possible that this vehicle was in the area by chance and the driver has nothing to do with the incident.’
Several officers took to the streets Friday morning following the arrest to speak with motorists in the area where the killing occurred. More than 60 vehicles travelling through were stopped between 6am and 7.30am.
‘The reason for stopping the traffic in the area was to identify people who normally use this route and who may have been driving it at the time the fire broke out last Friday (8 February),’ RCIPS spokesperson Deborah Denis said. ‘We were hoping to jog a few memories, perhaps.’
Officers said they did get some useful information that will be followed up in the course of the investigation.
Mr. Bise leaves behind two daughters. His life will be remembered at a ‘Celebration of Life’ being hosted by friends this evening at Calico Jack’s near Public Beach.
The victim’s family has declined requests for media interviews, and has asked that the press respect their privacy at this time of grief.