The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is continuing investigations into a suspicious death in West Bay. Detectives are now in a position to confirm that the burned vehicle found in the Dykes is the registered vehicle of Mrs Estella Scott-Roberts. The body found inside has not been identified at this time. The vehicle is a 2007, black, Ford Edge, license plate number 129-257 and detectives would like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle after 11.30pm last night (Friday, October 10).
The car has been removed from the scene for forensic examination and the remains have been taken to the morgue. A forensic pathologist from the United States is expected to arrive in Cayman tomorrow (Sunday, October 12) to carry out a post mortem on Monday.
‘The body in the vehicle has been very badly burned,’ said Senior Investigating Officer, Chief Inspector Peter Kennett. ‘At this time it is not possible for us to confirm the identity of the victim.’
Police have not been able to locate Mrs Scott-Roberts and are appealing for sightings of her or her vehicle. She was last seen leaving Deckers restaurant on West Bay Road sometime between 11 and 11.30pm last night, however nobody saw her drive from the car park.
‘Somehow, Mrs Scott-Robert’s vehicle got from Deckers to the Dykes,’ said Mr Kennett. ‘It’s vital that we trace the last movements of her and her car and appeal for anyone who may have seen her vehicle prior to it being found this morning to come forward.’
Anyone who can assist should contact George Town police station on 949-4222 and ask for the Criminal Investigation Department or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.
The police investigation began this morning after Mrs Scott-Roberts was reported missing. Her cell phone was traced to the West Bay area and a search commenced. On the request of the police, officers from the Department of Environment assisted with the search of the Dykes, due to their intimate knowledge of the area, and it was one of these officers who located the vehicle and called 911.
Detectives are continuing their investigations this evening and anticipate a further update for the community and the media in the morning.
Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.