Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers investigating the disappearance of a missing nurse said this week that they are by no means finished with their case.
However, supervising detectives said officers are still at a loss to determine 25-year-old Kerran Natalee Baker’s whereabouts since she disappeared on Saturday, 30 July.
Ms Baker’s family is still in Cayman awaiting word of what happened to their daughter and sister.
Evidence recovered last week during the search for Ms Baker in the Pedro St. James Castle area has not been of any assistance to that investigation, Royal Cayman Islands Police said.
Police initially said a substance resembling blood was found on some rocks near the seaside in the Pedro area some distance from where Ms Baker’s car was found on 1 August.
“We did receive the analysis of the stains we collected … and it was proven that it is not blood content,” RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said.
Ms Baker disappeared sometime after 7pm on Saturday, 30 July, and has not been heard from since, according to police. A friend of Kerran’s found bags of groceries and a handbag that had been left on the counter in her Bodden Town home the evening of 31 July, leading police to start an investigation into the Jamaican woman’s whereabouts.
Another possible key piece of evidence, papers found last Sunday evening in the area near where Ms Baker’s Honda was discovered, has been recovered by police and is being processed, Mr. Bodden said.
Superintendent Bodden said police were now working on tracing BlackBerry instant messages that went back and forth between Ms Baker’s phone and others in the day or so leading up to her disappearance.
“There are many individuals in the Cayman Islands’ community and possibly in Jamaica that can provide us with relevant information to at least try to find out what has happened with Kerran, especially on Saturday (30 July),” Mr. Bodden said.
Police have little clue as to what happened to the missing woman after she was spotted by a CCTV camera leaving the Fosters airport grocery store that Saturday night.
Reported sightings of Ms Baker’s Honda in the Lower Valley area and in Savannah have not been confirmed by police.
RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones said tracing BBM instant messages is not as easy as tracing a phone call or text message, and indicated this has caused investigators some problems.
“It’s not just a simple flick of the switch and we can get all the information that we need,” Mr. Jones said. “Getting any detail of BBM messages is particularly problematic.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police information line at 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.