In an open plea for more witnesses to come forward, top-ranking members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said they had not arrested the suspect or suspects who killed Cable and Wireless executive Estella Scott-Roberts.
‘I don’t know who killed Estella,’ Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said during a press briefing.
Police were able to fill in a few more details and dispel some of the rumours which have been circulating the island since the 33-year-old Cayman Brac native’s charred body was found in her burned out SUV Saturday morning.
Mr. Kennett said a preliminary autopsy of the remains indicated Mrs. Scott-Roberts had died before the fire started in her 2007 Ford Edge. He said it was the one small crumb of comfort he could offer to Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ mother Corrine and husband Rayle.
‘He’s extremely brave,’ Mr. Kennett said of Rayle Roberts.
Investigators have not determined how Mrs. Scott-Roberts was killed.
Police believe that ‘there was a very tight timeline’ between Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ departure from Deckers restaurant around 11.15pm-11.30pm Friday night to the time the car fire is believed to have started in Barkers just before midnight.
Mrs. Scott-Roberts had been celebrating her birthday with a group of friends at the restaurant earlier that night.
RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said the suspect or suspects involved ‘may have encountered a significant problem’ and urged those individuals to come forward so police could put the matter to rest.
Mr. Kennett also denied earlier stories making the rounds that Mrs. Scott-Roberts had received threats in the days before her death.
‘I have no evidence that she had any threats,’ he said.
Rumours that a prison inmate who had a grudge against Estella and who was released sometime Friday were also called ‘total nonsense’ by investigators.
Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ previous position as director of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre sometimes required her to testify in court on behalf of domestic violence victims.
Police could still not rule out the possibility that revenge motives may have played a role in Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ death, or that her disappearance and killing simply could have been a random act of violence.
A team of some 20 investigators from the RCIPS has been working on the case, which is the seventh homicide to occur this year in the Cayman Islands.
Police ask you to contact any of the following numbers if you have information about the case:
Detective Inspector Kim Evans – 926-1773
Detective Constable Wade Chase – 925-7240
Detective Constable Charmane Dalhouse 926-3975
Detective Constable Karl Lovell – 925-6761
Crime Stoppers – 800-8477