Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers investigating the suspicious 30 July disappearance of a nurse from the Bodden Town area said Monday that there had been a potentially significant discovery made in relation to the case.
“During one of the searches this weekend, we did find some materials that are being assessed,” RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said. “We are going to assess to see if it has any significance or connection in relation to the disappearance of Kerran.”
Kerran Natalee Baker, 25, of Jamaica was last seen around 7pm Saturday, 30 July, leaving the airport Fosters store. The next evening a friend who entered Kerran’s home on Arrow Drive found several bags of groceries left of the counter as well as the missing woman’s handbag.
On Monday, 1 August, RCIPS officers located Kerran’s white Honda Civic in the Pedro St. James Castle area. The keys to the vehicle had apparently been tossed into the nearby bush.
According to RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones, the “materials” referred to were found on Sunday afternoon. Other sources familiar with the search and what was found, said the materials were papers that had been located in the Pedro St. James Castle area.
RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell said police search teams did examine the Pedro Castle area again on Sunday, but she would not confirm anything further.
None of the searches conducted Saturday and Sunday turned up any evidence as to where Ms Baker may be located.
“We have no clue where Kerran is or what happened to her,” Mr. Bodden said Monday.
Mr. Jones said he realised police were being necessarily coy with regard to what was found.
“We don’t want to say anything that would prejudice the investigation,” Mr. Jones said. “We are conducting this on the basis that … we hope that Kerran is still alive, but we also have to think of the worst possibility and that something criminal has happened to her.”
Police said no arrests have been made in connection with the missing woman’s disappearance.
The RCIPS is still trying to piece together what happened to Ms Baker after she was spotted on the Foster’s CCTV cameras at 7pm Saturday, 30 July.
There had been reports that her vehicle was seen in the Lower Valley area later that evening, as well as other sightings that placed the car outside the Domino’s Pizza shop in Savannah. However, neither of those sightings had been confirmed by press time Monday.
Chief Superintendent John Jones said Ms Baker’s cell phone had been used after 7pm Saturday, 30 July but it was impossible to determine whether she or another person was using it.
Also, officers were still waiting for forensic analysis of a substance that appeared to be blood that was found near the shoreline in the Pedro Castle area. However, at this stage investigators could not even be certain the substance was blood.
“It was a minuscule amount that was found,” Mr. Jones said. “We are very much looking for a needle in a haystack to a certain extent.