Missing landfill worker Anna Evans’ five children are now living with her sister following her 27 January disappearance.
Despite numerous police and volunteer searches of the landfill and areas all around Grand Cayman, nothing has turned up and police are running out of clues.
To Noreen Dixon, Mrs. Evans’ sister, it’s looking like a long road ahead; and she said its been a rough start for her nieces and nephews.
“The kids are breaking down every once in a while,” Ms Dixon said. “They’ll think back to when they last saw their mother…and cry off and on. A frowning expression is always on their faces.”
The children still hope their mom will turn up one day, but its tougher as time goes on, Ms Dixon said.
“They want to know what’s happened,” she said. “We have to get closure somewhere.”
In attempts to achieve that closure, Mrs’ Evans family, friends, and co-workers are planning a fundraiser for Saturday morning along Public Beach on West Bay Road.
The family is asking for $5 donations that can be put toward a reward fund for information that could lead to Anna being found.
“We are inviting Grand Cayman to come join hands together at the Public Beach and make a small donation…toward this worthy cause,” a notice sent around to civil servants read. “To date there [have] been no arrests or information [about] those responsible for her disappearance.”
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has not referred to Anna Evans’ disappearance as anything more than a missing person case. Cayman Crime Stoppers has also refrained from offering a reward for information in the case precisely because there has been no formal allegation of criminality, according to the group’s chairman Eric Bush.
Anna was last seen around noon on 27 January by her co-workers at the landfill. Police and volunteer searches over the next week at the dump site only recovered Mrs. Evans’ handbag that was left in a work shack.
A few hours after her disappearance was reported by landfill workers that Thursday afternoon, a group of men assaulted Mrs. Evans’ husband on McField Lane.
He was hospitalised after the attack, which police said was prompted by individuals who blamed the man for Mrs. Evans’ vanishing.
Ms Dixon said family members were begging anyone in the community with information about her sister to come forward.
“If you don’t want to speak to the family, speak to the police or to a pastor,” she said. “If you know something, speak out.”
Everyone is invited to the event on Public Beach Saturday. Ms Dixon said the family is trying to get some T-shirts made that will depict Anna’s face, and the date she disappeared for sale at the event.
A bank account for reward donations has been set up at Cayman National Bank. The account number is 01210099.
Ministry makes donation
The Ministry of Education and its departments have donated nearly $1,000 in food, cash and gift vouchers to Anna Evans’ five children.
Presenting the gifts, Ministry Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues said the staff wanted to show their love and support for the family even as they continued their search for Anna.
“Anna is a fellow civil servant and four of her children are still in our school system,” Mrs. Rodrigues said. “We therefore sought to do our part in assisting the family.”