Gas can key in killing

A red gas canister found burnt out in Estella Scott-Roberts’ car has emerged as a key piece of evidence for police investigating the 33-year-old’s death.

On Monday, detectives made an appeal for anyone who is missing a red gas canister to come forward.

‘Following examination of Estella’s Ford Edge by an expert from Florida, we believe a red gas canister capable of holding 5 gallons could be crucial to the investigation,’ said Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett, adding that anyone who is missing one should get in touch with police.

‘This may have been stolen so anyone who has lost one, or has noticed one missing should come forward. Fishermen and boaters who might not have checked on their supplies since the murder are asked to do so now. If you have anything missing, please do get in touch,’ he said.

Investigators also revealed that an unidentified man was assisting them with their enquiries at George Town Police Station Monday morning, although they refused to say whether they were talking with the man as a witness, a suspect or because of some other link to the case.

Police would also not comment on whether the man had volunteered himself to investigators or whether he had been brought in by police.

The arson expert from Florida that examined Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ burnt out Ford Edge has told detectives that the flames from the vehicle would have burned at a significant height and would have been highly visible.

‘We need everyone to think back to that night. Where were you? Did you see fire or light coming from the Barkers area?’ Mr. Kennett said.

‘In particular, anyone on the North Sound is likely to have had a clear view of the Barkers area and could have seen the fire or light. If you remember anything, please come forward.’

Mr. Kennett told the Caymanian Compass he has been generally pleased with the number of people that have come forward with information.

‘Of course we are disappointed that there are areas that we would like more information on, like the fire – it would have been highly visible and someone should have seen it – however by and large people have been very cooperative.’

Mrs. Scott-Roberts was killed 10 October after leaving Deckers restaurant on West Bay Road where she had been celebrating her birthday with friends. Her badly burned body was found in her vehicle along the dykes roads in West Bay. No one has been charged over her death, although police have said they are treating the case as a murder investigation.

One week on from that night, police returned to the place Mrs. Scott Roberts was last seen alive Friday night to conduct what they described as a major operation in the hope of jogging the memories of anyone that may have seen something that could assist their investigation.

Officers conducted the operation in the vicinity of the car park in-between Deckers restaurant and Buckingham Square from around 10.30pm to midnight. Officers stopped vehicles and walkers, handed out posters and appealed for information and sightings of Estella or her 2007, black Ford Edge.

‘We hoped to jog some memories and remind people who were passing that they may have seen something significant the previous week,’ said Mr. Kennett, who is heading up a team of 20 officers investigating the death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police immediately on 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to US$125,000. Any information could be crucial to this investigation.

To contact the investigation team directly, people can call: DI Kim Evans – 926-1773; DC Wade Chase – 925-7240; DC Charmane Dalhouse – 926-3975; or DC Karl Lovell – 925-6761.

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