Two suspects held in Estella’s death
Monday’s arrest of two men on suspicion of murdering Cable and Wireless communications manager Estella Scott-Roberts has brought relief to the victim’s family and the Cayman Islands community.
But Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ family members said the tragic killing would leave a lasting mark on the Islands.
‘Her death as a whole will have an impact on Cayman,’ said Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ husband Rayle. ‘I just hope we can avoid senseless killings from here on in.’
The 33-year-old executive’s remains were found 11 October in a burned out SUV along a West Bay dyke road after she left her birthday party at Decker’s restaurant the previous night. A US forensic pathologist’s findings ‘have left little doubt’ of the victim’s identity, according to police.
Investigators are still uncertain how Mrs. Scott-Roberts was killed, but they do believe she was dead before her vehicle was set on fire.
Mr. Roberts said he received word of the arrests on Tuesday from police, shortly after learning that another man taken into custody in connection with the case had been released.
‘The whole thing has been an emotional roller coaster, but the police have been really good about explaining the process,’ he said. ‘We’re just hopeful they’ll get the right person.’
The two suspects, aged 27 and 23, had not been charged by police at press time. Officers said both men had George Town addresses.
The suspects’ names were not released because no charges had been filed. Both men were believed to be from Jamaica, although police would not confirm that.
The man held by Royal Cayman Islands Police last week for questioning in the case was released Sunday evening. He is not considered a suspect.
‘I think it’s safe to say he has no involvement in this,’ RCIPS spokesperson Deborah Denis said. ‘He’s free to go.’
Persistent speculation that Mr. Roberts was somehow involved in the crime has been denied repeatedly by police and Mr. Roberts himself.
‘He’s very brave,’ RCIPS Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said of Mr. Roberts.
‘He’s not a suspect at all,’ Ms Denis said.
Mr. Roberts said he wanted to keep a positive outlook with news of the arrest, but admitted it was difficult not to feel bitter about what happened.
‘We’re relieved they’ve found that person,’ he said. ‘But we’re very angry because nothing will ever bring her back.’
Police refused to discuss a potential motive in relation to Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ death. They have previously sought to debunk rumours that someone who was released from prison on 9 or 10 October had somehow sought out Mrs. Scott-Roberts.
The Cayman Brac native’s former work as director of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre sometimes required her to testify on behalf of domestic violence victims in court, and it was speculated that someone she testified against might have gone looking for revenge.
However, detectives said they could not rule out the possibility that Mrs. Scott-Roberts was simply taken by someone she did not know in what police refer to as ‘a crime of opportunity.’
Funeral services have been set for Mrs. Scott-Roberts on Saturday, 10am at First Baptist Church.