Detectives investigating what is being treated as the murder of Mrs Estella Scott-Roberts are continuing to keep an open mind and are following a number of lines of enquiry.
Forensic Pathologist Dr Bruce Hyma has completed his examination of the remains and there is now little doubt that the body found in the car is that of Estella Scott-Roberts. Follow up forensic tests will no doubt make this a positive identification. This is an extremely difficult time for the family and friends of Estella and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
It is believed that the fire was started shortly before midnight on Friday night. There are a number of witnesses who heard what they thought was gun shots followed by the sound of a car horn. This was likely to be various parts of the car, such as tyres, headlights and airbags exploding after which the steering column would have melted, setting off the horn. It is not known how long the vehicle would have burned for.
‘There is much speculation about motives and suspects for this violent and tragic murder,’ said Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett. ‘We have a number of lines of enquiry that are all being followed and examined and we are working as hard as we can to ensure that all possible avenues are explored and exhausted before ruling them out.’
Although not able to comment in detail about the lines of inquiry being followed, Mr Kennett assured the community that all efforts are being made to find out what happened.
‘We are still piecing together the evidence to find out what happened to Estella after she left Deckers,’ said Mr Kennett. ‘The restaurant owners and their staff have been nothing but cooperative and we are now trying to trace everyone who was there that night. We’d also like to hear from anyone else who was in the area, perhaps playing mini-golf or visiting Bamboo or the Hyatt, who may have seen something important. I cannot stress enough that even the smallest piece of information may be crucial.’
Mr Kennett thanked the community for their assistance so far and appealed for their continued support and assistance.
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.