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.