Police: Arrest not warranted in search for missing nurse


More than two weeks since the disappearance of a Jamaican nurse from her Bodden Town home, police find themselves having to defend the fact that no arrests have been made in connection with the case. 

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Chief Superintendent John Jones acknowledged Monday that, as time goes on, it becomes less and less likely that 25-year-old Kerran Baker will be found alive. 

However, Mr. Jones said that doesn’t mean investigators working the case can go around arresting whomever they please, trying to force something out of them.  

“We can’t go on a fishing trip, this is not the kind of jurisdiction where we can go out arresting people left, right and centre, putting them in the cells trying to force some kind of confession,” he said.  

That doesn’t mean the case has hit a standstill either, he said.  

“Our investigators still have plenty to do,” Mr. Jones said. “The enquiry is far from stale.”  

A police-led search of the Bodden Town area was held on Saturday to “confirm a few things” in relation to the investigation, but RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said there was nothing significant found in the area related to the case.  

Ms Baker was last seen around 7pm Saturday, 30 July, at the airport Fosters store. Since that time, police have not been able to trace her movements. A distinct lack of communication from individuals who were communicating with Ms Baker via BlackBerry instant messaging has proven to be a stumbling block in the investigation.  

Ms Baker’s Honda Civic was found in the Pedro St. James Castle area around mid-day on 1 August. The vehicle’s keys had been tossed into the bushes.  

Police also discovered some other forensic “materials” of interest in the Pedro area, but have not finished testing on those items. They are believed to be papers that had come from Ms Baker’s car. 


Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the RCIPS at 949-7777 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-8477. 


Police and volunteer searchers at work in Bodden Town on Saturday. – Photo: Jewel Levy


  1. the only ‘flak’ the RCIPS are getting are from the brain dead on here who do not know and refuse to be told, how the law operates in Cayman.

    I am sure these are same persons who demand ‘their rights’ at every opportunity while being very happy to ignore everyone else’s.

    And there’ll be those who say they do it differently in the good old US of A – the same US of A where the head of the IMF was recently found guilty by some jumped up New York DA without even a trial!

  2. Beachbum

    A genuine question for you, based on your expertise and experience…your honest answers might help some of us understand more about the police’s stand on this particular case.

    Would kind of evidence would have/will trigger a criminal investigation case into Kerran’s disappearance ?

    Would the police need to ‘arrest’ people who were close to her or who had been in recent contact with her or their names were mentioned in connection with her recent activities to interview and question them in regards to her disappearance ?

    Obviously, the legal threshold has not been met for the police to consider her disappearance as the results of a crime, under the legal definition as to what constitutes a crime.

    I consider this a very ‘grey’ area but you will not convince the average person that the police should not be investigating this bizarre disapperance as anything less than a crime.

    Your answers to my questions would help us all to understand more about what’s happening here.

    And, for the recent convictions of people who have kidnapped and murdered young girls in Britian, what methods did the British police use to determine that a crime had been committed and how did they eventually track these killers down ?…you know the cases I’m talking about; I don’t recall the names of the victims or the convicted killers.

    One recent case involved a 13 year old girl.

  3. Firey,

    Come on, Beachbum is obviously working for the RCIP a fisherman never complains that his bate is stink!
    You’re talking to the wrong Beachbum!
    He is only in this forum to defend the police not at all to assist in the location of the missing person or her remains. Beachbum is a cold blooded individual who cares only about the reputation of the RCIP, sorry he had you going for a while.
    Firey, you’re way too smart to be sucked in by his baloney.

  4. Well it certainly is about time that someone in RCIP realizes that you cannot just arrest and charge persons without sufficient evidence. In the last month we have had 5 persons who were charged with murder and 1 with attempted murder walk. Why? because there was no evidence to convict them. This is a huge waste of our country’s money. Legal Dept. must look at the evidence that the police are presenting and make a decision whether charges can be proceeded with! Our police are pressured to solve crimes but most of them only have a basic understanding of the law/s and the Legal Dept. needs to up their game!!!

  5. Firery, apologies for delay – I am travelling widely in the Far East at the moment and I don’t mean East End!
    Let’s nail one thing straight away, a person cannot be arrested unless their is ‘reasonable suspicion’ that they have committed an offence which merits arrest. What constitutes ‘reasonable suspicion’ must be based on fact and the test is would a reasonable man or woman think it was reasonable. In this case just because someone knew the girl is never going to be reasonable suspicion of anything other than knowing her. There would have to be reasonable suspicion that the person arrested was involved in abducting or hurting her.

    As to when this case would become a criminal investigation, that depends….. We need to look at this in context. A young girl has gone missing. There is no evidence to suggest that any harm has come to her and, around the world, thousands of people go missing every day – most of them of their own free will. However, in this case her disappearance is not, as far as we can tell, not normal behaviour for her. That raises the stakes somewhat. The other factor is that Grand Cayman is hardly the biggest place in the world and for someone to vanish on the island is very difficult to achieve.

    I do not know what is happening within the RCIPS but I will hazard a guess that they are treating this as a crime and all the indications are that it is being taken seriously BUT without some evidence to go on – witnesses, forensic, etc – where do they start. They start by probing her background the backgrounds of those around her. No, not arresting them and putting the thumbscrews on or leaving them in the George Town Lock Up, but doing deep background which will include phone records, credit and bank details etc. I don’t want to say anymore on this, for obvious reasons).

    As for other cases in the UK and elsewhere, many of which I have some knowledge of, the basics are painstaking investigation of the evidence (hence the problem here – there doesn’t appear to be any!). One recent case at court involved Milly Dowler who was murdered by Levi Bellfield. She went missing on 21st March 2002 but her body, despite a huge police operation, was not found until September that year. It was only in 2008 that Bellfield, who had been convicted of other murders by then, came into the enquiry. That is one example of how long and protracted these can be. Clearly when you have a murder and on arrival of police there is someone there with the weapon in their hand, it is a little easier.

    In this case we don’t have the suspect, the weapon and, vitally, the missing girl. Someone, somewhere knows something. Of course, the possible abductor does, but they will have left tell tale signs for family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues and it is those people who need to think about someone who has not been acting normally in recent weeks and tell the RCIPS directly or via Crimestoppers anonymously.

    Hoe this helps the understanding of this current investigation

  6. Vietnam: I care very much that this girl is found safe and well. I truly hope she has bunked off with a friend and will turn up in due course.

    You will see, if you look at many of my posts, I have criticised the RCIPS and I certainly no apologist for them.

    What does NOT help this investigation is ill informed comment and, in that, you have been one of the worst culprits.

  7. Dima: It is the responsibility of the RCIPS to gather the evidence and for the Legal Department to prosecute based on that evidence. Within that, it is the responsibility of the Legal Dept. to make sure they have enough evidence to have a realistic chance of a conviction and to this end, if they feel the evidence is lacking, they can direct the RCIPS to obtain more.

    The down side to this is that the RCIPS do not have the depth of training required for major enquiries and there frequently pollute the evidence so as to make it unreliable and open to challenge. The forensic department, for example, has a poor record of handling evidence.

    I am very surprised at how many cases reach court and then get pulled to pieces by a competent defence lawyer. That tells me the fault lies with both the RCIPS and the Legal Dept. although I doubt the latter will ever accept that (and therein lies the problem!)

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