Murder enquiry update

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is continuing investigations into the

apparent murder of Mrs Estella Scott-Roberts. A team of experienced detectives are working

on the case led by Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett who

has over 20 years experience in investigating serious crime.

‘We understand that this investigation is drawing a lot of interest and concern from

the community,’ said Mr Kennett.

At this time the investigation team is following a number of lines of enquiry, some of

which are being debated within the community. On the third day of the investigation, Mr

Kennett reaffirmed that some of the enquiries being carried out focus on work that Mrs

Scott-Roberts carried out in the past. He emphasized however, that this is not the sole focus

of the investigation and that there are other lines of enquiry being looked at. ‘We have to

keep an open mind and explore all possibilities,’ he said.

Initial forensic examinations of the vehicle have been completed and a number of

items have been recovered that may assist in confirming the identity of the victim.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire although it is clear that an accelerant

was used. The opinion of fire experts is likely to be sought. Forensic Pathologist, Dr Bruce

Hyma has arrived in Grand Cayman and is expected to examine the remains today.

Some additional items have been seized for forensic analysis. Following independent

searches of the Barkers area by friends of Mrs Scott-Roberts, Scenes of Crime Officers

collected a number of items from a site around 1-mile away from where the vehicle was

found. These include birthday confetti similar to that which was present at the dinner, as well

as some other items. ‘It is too early to jump to conclusions about these items,’ said Mr

Kennett. ‘What we can say is that they have been seized and will be examined to find out if

they bear any significance to this investigation.’

‘It is important that I take this opportunity to address some community concerns,’ he

continued. ‘Rumors are circulating that a series of rapes have recently taken place in West

Bay. This is not the case. Another item of discussion is that this case bears similarities to

that of the late Frederic Bise. There is no evidence that the 2 are connected other than by

coincidence.’

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) also wants to confirm that the

location where Estella was last seen, the car park adjacent to Deckers, was treated as a

crime scene and processed by Scenes of Crime Officers immediately. The scene was later

released once all forensic examinations had been exhausted.

‘As stated, a number of lines of enquiry are being carried out. There is a lot of police

work to do and we are all working as hard and as best as we can to find out what has taken

place,’ Mr Kennett added.

Investigators are continuing to appeal for information about the movements of Mrs

Scott-Roberts and her vehicle after 11.30pm on Friday night (October 10). Anyone who saw

her car or anything suspicious in the West Bay area should contact police immediately, no

matter how insignificant the information may seem.

Mr Kennett concluded by trying to address some safety concerns in the community.

‘People are asking if they should be worried, if they are safe,’ he said. ‘Until we know what

has happened, it would be reckless to speculate about this. However, what I can say is that

everybody should always be aware of their surroundings whether they are here or abroad.

We are a small community and we need to keep an eye out for each other. Keep watch on

your neighbourhood and if you spot suspicious behaviour, report it to the police.’

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police immediately on

949-4222 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). Any information could be crucial to this

investigation. 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.

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