Canadian man 5th homicide

A Canadian national who was found beaten to death in his Beach Bay area home Tuesday morning is the fifth homicide victim of the year on Grand Cayman.

Royal Cayman Islands Police said late Wednesday that 47-year-old Martin Gareau suffered multiple injuries to his head and body which were caused by both sharp and blunt objects.

‘The post mortem shows that Mr. Gareau suffered very serious injuries which could only be caused by another person or persons,’ Detective Inspector Kim Evans said.

Residents in the area said Mr. Gareau lived alone and police said there appeared to have been no forced entry into the home.

According to relatives both in Cayman and in Saskatchewan, Canada, Mr. Gareau had moved to Cayman about four years ago after his family farm encountered some financial problems.

A cousin of Mr. Gareau’s, Bob Roy, told the Caymanian Compass that the victim was married but had separated from his wife. Mr. Roy said Mr. Gareau also had three children, one of whom was due to graduate from high school this spring.

In Cayman, Mr. Gareau worked for a construction company and was renting the home on Sea Spray Drive in Bodden Town where he was found Tuesday morning.

Co-workers of the victim had gone looking for him after he failed to show up for work, something which his colleagues said was very unusual for Mr. Gareau.

Family members and residents in the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town who knew Mr. Gareau said they couldn’t understand why someone would want to kill him. Police had reported no arrests in the case as of press time.

‘Anyone who saw or spoke with Mr. Gareau will no doubt be able to assist with our enquiry,’ Inspector Evans said.

Mr. Gareau was last known to be alive on Sunday. Police would like to speak with anyone who may have talked with him between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning.