Police: Shirt belonged to missing boater

A shirt found near Rum Point Channel in Grand Cayman’s North Sound Thursday belonged to one of five missing boaters who vanished on Sunday.

Royal Cayman Islands Police confirmed late Thursday that the yellow shirt found by a volunteer diver belonged to 36-year-old Astor Range.

Police said recovery teams will focus on the area where the shirt was found when the grim search efforts resume on Friday. They are asking for all available volunteer divers to assist if possible.

Four days since five people were reported missing at sea, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers admit that all hope of finding any of the group alive has now faded.

The RCIPS Marine Unit and a number of personal boats continued to search Thursday. However, the operation is now being classified as a ‘search and recovery’ mission.

‘Since the moment we were made aware that Raynel, Astor, Joshua, Jeamie and Michelle were missing we’ve conducted extensive sea, air and land searches in the hope of finding them alive and reuniting them with their families,’ RCIPS Chief Inspector Courtney Myles said. ‘It’s now four days since that search began and we have to be realistic – we believe that based on the sea and weather conditions of late all hope of finding them alive has now faded.’

‘The thoughts of everyone in the RCIPS, and the many people who have assisted us in the searches, are with the families of the victims at this very harrowing time. RCIPS liaison officers will continue to provide support to the families in the coming days as they plan their respective memorial services.’