Remains believed to be Sabrina’s
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed the discovery of a female body in East End Tuesday afternoon, near the rock quarry, just west of High Rock Rd.
An immediate official identification was not made, but family members of 21-year-old Sabrina Schirn, missing since last week were presuming the remains were those of the missing woman.
The decomposed remains were found around 1.30pm Tuesday by a group of four searchers that included Sabrina’s brothers and sister. They were located on a dirt road on private property near some large containers.
‘It was a shock,’ said Howard McLean, a family friend who was in the group that discovered the body. ‘She was just lying in the middle of the road.’
Mr. McLean said it was difficult to tell for sure if the remains were Sabrina because of the body’s decomposition.
The remains were found about half a mile away in the same general area as where police found the car Sabrina was last seen driving. That White Honda Toreno, located on Monday evening, belonged to one of Sabrina’s co-workers.
Police descended on the area Monday after the car’s discovery. K9 officers and the police helicopter undertook repeated searches of the location, while officers went door-to-door looking for information about the 21-year-old’s whereabouts.
Police did not immediately identify the remains, nor did they specify a cause of death. A police press release said officers spent late Monday afternoon and Tuesday searching the heavily wooded area for clues about Sabrina’s disappearance.
Sabrina’s family members were on the scene in East End Tuesday afternoon searching the area where the body was found. The police said they were assisting officers in their search. However, several witnesses in the area on Tuesday, including some news reporters, said they did not notice any officers there Tuesday morning.
When Mr. McLean was asked whether police had enlisted his help in the search, he replied: ‘We were searching on our own.’
The 21-year-old Sabrina, from George Town, left her workplace, the Blockbuster video store at Grand Harbor, last Wednesday morning ‘to go to East End,’ according to the store’s manager. Police tracked her BlackBerry signal to the Gun Bay area later that morning, but the device apparently hasn’t been used since.
There had been numerous reported sightings of Sabrina since her disappearance Wednesday, but police indicated it was difficult to confirm the veracity of those reports.