members and friends of a missing nurse split up into search teams Saturday to cover southern and eastern portions of Grand Cayman in their search for her.
Kerran Natalee Baker, 25, of Jamaica went missing sometime after 7pm Saturday, 30 July. Royal Cayman Islands Police have little information as to what may have happened to her after that time.
Saturday’s search started at around 10.30 am near the Pedro St.
James Castle location where Ms Baker’s white Honda Civic was recovered on Monday.
Searchers congregated at the open lot near the Texaco gas station in Savannah across the street from the Countryside Shopping Centre.
The group divided into search teams to cover areas of Savannah, Newlands and Beach Bay.
Ms Baker’s sister, Toney-Ann Anthony, asked anyone with information as to where Kerran might be to come forward either to local police or to her family.
“We need her dead or alive,” Ms Anthony said. “It’s really depressing for our family.”
RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones, who attended Saturday’s search team with other RCIPS officers, said Friday that police were running down a few more leads and were keen to piece together what happened to Ms Baker after she was recorded on a CCTV camera leaving the airport Foster’s store around 7pm Saturday.
Mr. Jones said police have learned Ms Baker’s cell phone was used after that time. However, officers had no way of determining if it was Ms Baker or someone else using the phone.
Officers were investigating a sighting of the missing woman’s Honda on Midway Close in the Lower Valley area around 9pm last Saturday, but could confirm nothing. There was also a report of her car being spotted outside the Domino’s Pizza parking lot in Savannah that same night which police were also checking out.
Neither alleged sighting had been confirmed by Friday afternoon.
Mr. Jones said rumours that police had arrested someone at Owen Roberts Airport Thursday night were just that. He said police had made no arrests in connection with Ms Baker’s disappearance and also noted that no one had been arrested at the airport on Thursday.
The chief superintendent also denied other reports that a male friend of Ms Baker’s who police had earlier questioned left the Island on Thursday night.
“There’s no one to our knowledge that has had a relationship with Kerran
who has left the Island,” Mr. Jones said.
RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said earlier in the week that there had been no reports made to police of stalking or serious violent incidents at Kerran’s home or place of employment.
However, family members and friends have told the Caymanian Compass that she had previously been threatened and followed by a former boyfriend. Police did not provide any further information on the matter.
Parents plea for help
Kerran Baker’s mother and father literally begged on Thursday for anyone with information as to their missing daughter’s whereabouts to come forward.
The missing woman’s mother, Sandra Anthony, said the last time she heard from Kerran was around 5pm Saturday when her daughter phoned to tell her she had wired some money to Jamaica.
“That’s my child, someone tell me something, give me closure on this,” Mrs. Anthony said with tears in her eyes during a news conference at Royal Cayman Islands Police Service headquarters Thursday. “I need her, I need her. Please, I’m pleading I’m begging, oh God.”
Wilmot Anthony, who lived in Cayman between 1999 and last year, asked anyone with information about Kerran’s location to call him directly if they were not willing to go to the police.
“Almost 95 per cent of the people on this Island know me,” Mr. Anthony said. “Say something to me, make me feel good. We cannot sleep, we cannot eat.
“I’m bracing myself for the worst.”
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service had little comfort to offer Kerran’s family on Thursday. Chief Superintendent John Jones said police were still largely at a loss to determine where she might be. He said police officers were out along the south coast of Grand Cayman searching the water with dive teams and patrol boats.
“Anybody that’s a parent should know what they’re going through and I hope that, if people do have information that they do come forward,” Mr. Jones said.
Volunteer and police searches earlier in the week turned up the keys to Kerran’s Honda, as well as an area of rock near the coastline where traces of a substance believed to be blood was found. RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said the keys found did fit in Kerran’s car ignition, however, he said police had no indication yet from lab tests on the supposed blood.
Please check back with www.caycompass.com for more on this story through the weekend….