The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service says it is pleased with the progress of its investigation into the brutal killing of Sabrina Schirn, but they have stopped short of releasing any new details on the case.
The RCIPS said Tuesday that the investigation team, led by Senior Investigating Officer Kim Evans, has examined several critical leads and are pursuing a ‘dedicated line of enquiry’.
‘Officers are extremely pleased with the progress of the investigation, which is at a critical and sensitive juncture,’ the RCIPS said in a statement – their first on the case in eight days.
It warned the public against ‘speculation that might interfere with the desired outcome of the investigation to bring Sabrina’s killer or killers to justice.’
The 21-year-old Blockbuster Video employee’s body was found in bush land in East End on Tuesday 17 March, six days after she was last seen alive. Post mortem results revealed the George Town woman died from multiple sharp force and chopping type injuries with a bladed instrument, possibly a machete.
Police were expected to release details of a pathologist’s report Wednesday afternoon that might reveal the amount of time between Sabrina’s disappearance and her ultimate death.
The RCIPS has been buffeted by a wave of public criticism over their handling of the case, including allegations they ignored reports of Sabrina being threatened by an identified man in the days before her disappearance.
They were accused of not taking the case seriously, even after the car Sabrina was last seen using was found in remote bushland in East End on the night of 16 March.
Members of Sabrina’s family discovered her body nearby the next day. They had taken it upon themselves to search the area in the absence of any readily noticeable police presence conducting searches.