More than three weeks have passed since a nurse went missing from her Bodden Town home and police admit they have slim hope of achieving a happy end in the Kerran Baker case.
Ms Baker, 25, of Jamaica, was last seen the night of 30 July, leaving the airport Fosters grocery store. She was reported missing about 24 hours later when a friend entered her Bodden Town home and found full bags of groceries lying open on the counter.
“We’ve had nothing concrete to say somebody has done this to her, or somebody has done that to her,” said Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Superintendent John Jones. “But by virtue of the fact that she’s been missing … three weeks now, we fear the worst. “We fear that something criminal may have occurred and we’ve approached this investigation with that possibility right from day one. We’ve applied the disciplines in this investigation that we would to a murder investigation.”
Ms Baker has not been seen or heard from since around 7pm on 30 July. Police found her abandoned vehicle in the Pedro St. James Castle area on 1 August as well as a set of keys that fit the vehicle nearby. The car and other evidence found in the area are still being tested, Mr. Jones said.
Numerous reports of Ms Baker sightings after the evening of 30 July have not been confirmed. Officers have not found her phone.
Police spent the past weekend tracking down individuals who they believe had cell phone or BlackBerry instant messaging contact with Ms Baker around the time she disappeared – particularly if they might have contacted her after 7pm on 30 July.
Mr. Jones said investigators spent a significant amount of time tracking down these people, particularly since none had come forward voluntarily to discuss the content of any BBM messages sent to Ms Baker despite repeated appeals to the local media asking them to do so. “It’s not as simple and straightforward … as [having] a contact list,” he said. “A lot of the information is from technical means, but we’ve also managed to glean information from a number of witnesses that we’ve spoken to.
“I don’t think there’s anything sinister in terms of what we’re trying to find out. We’re trying to ascertain a level of detail … what was said by persons that last communicated with her.”
Mr. Jones said Monday that police contacted everyone who had instant messaged Ms Baker in the days before her disappearance, but he said nothing sinister had come of it.
“Had we not got to the bottom of all the BBM contacts with her, question marks would have remained,” he said.
Mr. Jones said the investigation into Ms Baker’s disappearance was still extremely active and that more than a dozen officers were still working the case.
“This enquiry hasn’t gone stale by any means,” he said.
He also noted that a large number of people have come forward and spoken to police, offering their assistance in the case – even if it is not always the most orthodox of advice.
“You do get people that contact you, with the best will in the world, to say ‘I’ve had a vision’,” Mr. Jones said. “And I appreciate those people are keen to offer anything they can.”
The chief superintendent also acknowledged investigators have received quite a bit of job advice during their search for Ms Baker.
“There always some arm-chair detectives saying ‘yeah, try this’,” he said. “We do get some rather bizarre suggestions, and I know that these people are well-meaning.”
Anyone with information on this case if asked to call 949-7777 or Cayman Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS).