Family members and friends of a missing landfill worker managed to raise just more than $2,000 at a Saturday gathering held on Public Beach.
It is hoped that a reward will be offered for information to help determine the whereabouts of Anna Evans, 37, who disappeared from the George Town landfill around midday on 27 January. Mrs. Evans has not been heard from since then.
However, family members said they would like to raise more funds before formally offering the reward. They are aiming for roughly $5,000.
“I just want to say thanks to the public who did come out on Saturday,” said Gina Ebanks-Delcid, Mrs. Evans’ sister. “But we were a bit disappointed that more didn’t show up.”
The event, which was held from 9am to about 10.30am Saturday, was attended by more than 100 people, many of them children from Prospect Primary School where Mrs. Evans’ two youngest sons, Cruz and Cody, attend.
Mrs. Ebanks-Delcid said another event was being planned, but she had no details on it yet. Eventually, the family expects to present the donated funds to Cayman Crime Stoppers.
Mrs. Evans’ disappearance has been a difficult case for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. She has not been heard from since 27 January, when she was last seen at work. When she didn’t show up at the end of her shift that day – around 4.30pm – her colleagues immediately went looking for her.
The entire night and into the next day, 28 January, continuous volunteer searches at the landfill turned up nothing.
The same night the landfill site was being searched, a number of men assaulted Mrs. Evans’ husband at a location along McField Lane in George Town.
RCIPS Chief Inspector Richard Barrow said that attack occurred because the individuals involved believed the husband had something to do with Mrs. Evans’ disappearance.
The husband has never been named as a suspect by police. Further, it has never been determined what happened to Mrs. Evans, or whether she is alive or dead.
Crime Stoppers Chairman Eric Bush said his organisation has been silent thus far in offering a reward in the case for precisely that reason.
Both Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam and George Town MLA Alden McLaughlin, who spoke at Saturday’s event, said it is important for the community to keep Mrs. Evans’ disappearance in the public eye so that the family could be given some closure.
“I think even those who had the greatest hope, that hope has faded,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “We have to come to the realisation that we don’t know what happened to Anna, but we know something bad happened to Anna.”
Civil Service Association President James Watler told the crowd that it is important for anyone who has any information about Mrs. Evans to speak to the police, if they have not already done so. Otherwise, Mr. Watler said, they have no right to complain about the investigators’ work on the case.
“Here is a daughter of the soil, who toiled for you and I, day and night,” Mr. Watler said, referring to Mrs. Evans.
“I know the police tend to get a bad rap…most of the time. But the….Royal Cayman Islands Police does solve crime, it may not be all the crimes, but neither does the United States police solve all the crimes.
“One of the reasons why they cannot solve the crimes is because of people like you and I. We may have information but we keep it back.”