Police reported that the cell phone belonging to missing teaching assistant Nathan Clarke was found in the sea off Public Beach Wednesday afternoon.
An examination of the phone confirmed it was Mr. Clarke’s black Samsung phone which he was carrying when he went missing around 8.30pm Saturday night, 25 February.
The phone was recovered about 150 feet from shore, in 10 feet of water.
“Nathan’s partner and his family have been made aware of the development,” a police spokesperson said.
Mr. Clarke disappeared from outside Calico Jack’s on Public Beach, at Seven Mile Beach, Saturday night after spending the evening there with his girlfriend and a group of friends. He was last seen standing near the water’s edge.
Police said no other property belonging to Mr. Clarke had been recovered at this stage and there was still no trace of the missing man, who works at Cayman Prep primary school. He was also believed to be carrying a wallet.
Police and scores of volunteers have been making land and sea searches for Mr. Clarke over the past five days. Searches from the air are also being done by a private helicopter from Cayman Islands Helicopters and by the Mosquito Research and Control Unit’s fixed-wing airplane.
The search for Mr. Clarke continues with volunteers being asked to go to mobile police command unit at Public Beach at 9.30am this morning (Thursday, 1 March).
Volunteer divers will also join police divers at the beach in the morning to coordinate sea searches. Local dive operations are donating tanks of air to help the search efforts.
Police are scheduled to hold a press briefing at 11am this morning.