A reward for US$125,000 is being offered for information on the Estella Scott-Roberts murder case, Crime Stoppers announced on Friday afternoon.
Anyone supplying information leading to an arrest and conviction will be eligible for the reward.
Mrs. Scott-Roberts was murdered late Friday night, 10 October and her body was found in a burnt-out car in the dyke roads area of West Bay on Saturday morning.
A reward poster shows a photograph of Mrs. Scott-Roberts at Deckers restaurant, taken on the night she disappeared. She was last seen alive in a car park beside the restaurant on West Bay Road at around 11pm. It also shows a Ford Edge car, of the same make and model as her car.
The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is administering the reward, which has been put together by local businesses and organisations and which will be facilitated by Cayman Crime Stoppers.
Wil Pineau, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce said: ‘We have received several requests for the Chamber to assist with this matter and act as an intermediary between the community and Cayman Crime Stoppers, which we are most certainly willing to do’.
Stuart Bostock, chairman of Cayman Crime Stoppers, explained that an initial reward of $1,000 had pertained to the maximum amount Crime Stoppers could pay out.
‘Cayman Crime Stoppers is affiliated with Crime Stoppers International which limits a reward to a maximum sum of $1,000, the reason for which should be obvious.
‘We do however have the ability to partner with organisations who come forward to offer additional rewards, what we refer to as an external reward,’ he said.
He added that over the last several days, the Crime Stoppers board has been working behind the scenes to identify organisations that would assist with an external reward based on 800-TIPS (8477) acting as a secure mechanism for receiving tips from the public.
‘In this particular case, The Chamber of Commerce has offered to assist these various community organisations with administrating an external reward to be facilitated by Cayman Crime Stoppers,’ Mr. Bostock said.
He reminded the public that Cayman Crime Stoppers guarantees absolute anonymity. ‘Our telephone tips line is answered by a call-centre in Miami, not locally, and no personal details are taken from the caller’, he said.
‘Tips can also be submitted anonymously via our secure online portal. Anyone submitting a tip online is not required to give personal details and the information is processed securely so its source is never recorded.’
Cayman Crime Stoppers’ public appeal calls for members of the public to share information. Mr. Bostock said: ‘The disturbing news of Estella’s gruesome murder has stirred much emotion among the community. This is a matter of grave concern for everyone and it is vital at this point that anybody who may have seen or heard anything which could help solve this case, come forward without delay.’
For more information on how to participate in the external reward, contact Mr. Pineau on 949 8090.
Anyone with information should call Cayman Crime Stoppers’ tips line on 800 TIPS (8477) or visit the website www.crimestoppers.ky, under the ‘Report a crime’ link.