Kerran Baker missing since Saturday
Dr. Ruthlyn Pomares spent Monday and Tuesday running her
medical clinic in the Rankin Centre by herself.
Her lone assistant, Kerran Natalee Baker – known to her
friends as ‘Kerry’ or ‘Kerry-Ann’ – hadn’t shown up by mid-day Tuesday and Dr.
Pomares was extremely worried.
“She’s very responsible,” Dr. Pomares said. “If she’s going
to be late, she will call.”
The last time anyone received a call from Ms Baker was on
A close friend of Ms Baker’s found the 25-year-old Jamaican
national’s handbag and several full bags of groceries sitting on the kitchen
counter of the Bodden Town home she rented on Saturday night. On Monday, police
found the white Honda Civic Ms Baker drove abandoned in a cemetery field just
north of Pedro Castle.
“The fact that Kerran left the house without her handbag is
very unusual,” said RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden. “She also uses her
phone a lot, but none of her friends or family received any calls or messages
from her since Saturday evening.”
Ms Baker’s close friend, Inia Ricketts, found three or four
bags of groceries on the counter of her friend’s home Saturday night. A few items
had been left on the floor. Ms Ricketts said Kerran would never do that.
“She would not leave paper towels on the floor, she would
not leave meat or milk out like that; she was a neat freak,” Ms Ricketts said.
“I think she was taken from inside her home.”
Ms Ricketts said she last heard from her friend around 5pm
Saturday. Earlier in the day Ms Baker had been at work until noon. She went
home and then went back into George Town around 3pm to send money to her
“We talk every day, there’s not a morning she doesn’t call
me and tell me to get out of bed,” Ms Ricketts said.
Royal Cayman Islands Police investigators produced shots from a CCTV video taken inside the airport Fosters store around 7pm Saturday. It was the last known sighting of Ms Baker.
Earlier in the day, police said she had been spotted at numerous locations including driving through a Bodden Town police roadblock early Saturday. Later in the day she was seen at governor’s beach and while driving into town.
After 7pm Saturday, no more sightings of Ms Baker were reported. Her car was found on Monday around 12.30pm.
“We have no idea where she is,” said RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones during a Tuesday afternoon press briefing.
In addition to processing the scene where Ms Baker’s car was
found and searching the area around Pedro Castle, RCIPS officers interviewed
several individuals who had close contact with Ms Baker in recent weeks.
Those people included a former male friend of the
25-year-old woman who was questioned and released.
Police said no one had been taken into custody in connection
with Ms Baker’s disappearance at press time.
Superintendent Bodden noted that there had previously been reports – both at Ms Baker’s residence and at her work – that were of a ‘domestic context’. By that, he said he meant threats and minor bust ups. There were no serious violent incidents and no evidence that Ms Baker had been stalked.
Friends of Ms Baker’s held two separate volunteer
search parties Tuesday evening, Ms Ricketts said. One search
party scoured the area near Pedro Castle, another searched near Ms
Baker’s residence in Beach Bay.
Mr. Bodden said he understood Ms Baker’s friends and the community’s desire to do something about the disappearance. However, he cautioned that volunteers should take care searching remote and rocky areas.
He also asked volunteers not to touch or handle any items of interest they might come across as it could taint police evidence-gathering.
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