A man identified as an acquaintance of a Canadian contractor who was killed last month in Cayman has now been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The 28-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released because he has not been formally charged, was taken into custody Thursday by Royal Cayman Islands Police detectives.
Martin Joseph Gareau, 47, was laid to rest in his native Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, on Friday. Family members contacted by the Caymanian Compass had not yet heard news of the arrest on Thursday afternoon and said they were encouraged.
‘We’re about to bury Marty and this news is certainly hopeful,’ said the victim’s cousin Gilles Langlois, who was in Canada attending prayer services. ‘We hope justice will be served.’
Mr. Langlois and his brother found Mr. Gareau’s body the morning of 20 May after he failed to show up for work. Police said it appeared Mr. Gareau suffered severe trauma from both blunt and sharp objects, and believe he was killed sometime between Sunday afternoon, 18 May, and the following Tuesday morning.
Mr. Gareau worked for a sister company of K-Coast Development, CI Precast. Both companies are owned by Mr. Langlois. He had been on island since 2004.
There were signs of a struggle detected in the home where Mr. Gareau was found and it was believed the suspect may have been injured in the lower leg or foot during the attack. Police declined to discuss a potential motive in the killing.
The incident was Cayman’s fifth homicide to occur in the year; an usually high number of killings for the islands in five months.
Mr. Gareau was a class certified welder and heavy equipment operator. However, relatives said that’s not what most in Mr. Gareau’s hometown of Prince Albert would likely remember as his trade.
‘He was one of the pioneers of extraction of essential oils out of plants,’ Mr. Langlois said. ‘He would take things like dill seeds and extract oils.’
Mr. Langlois said Mr. Gareau ran a fairly successful farm in Saskatchewan from the late 1980s into the 1990s, but said that business later encountered financial problems. He moved to Cayman following a divorce.
Mr. Gareau and his ex-wife had three children.
‘He was a good guy and he’ll be greatly missed,’ Mr. Langlois said.