Police questioned drinkers, diners and volleyball players Saturday evening at Calico Jack’s bar on Public Beach in Grand Cayman in an effort to jog the memories of anyone who might have seen missing man Nathan Clarke, who disappeared exactly a week earlier.
The bar on Saturday was quiet, with just a handful of people there, as it had been on 25 February, the night Mr. Clarke was last seen standing at the water’s edge outside the bar.
A few hours before police visited the bar, Saturday’s sea search for the missing Cayman Prep teaching assistant was called off for the day due to rough sea condition.
The search for Mr. Clarke has been focusing on the sea since his cell phone was found in 10 feet of water about 150 feet from shore in front of Calico Jack’s on Wednesday.
Chief Inspector Richard Barrow said: “We stopped early because the sea conditions were not very favourable for snorkelling and diving. We also have to be mindful of the safety also of the persons who are helping.”
Divers and snorkellers turned out in force over the weekend to join the search.
Police said that by Saturday night, 527 members of the public had volunteered to search for Mr. Clarke during the week – on land and in the water – joining 39 police officers who are involved in the search. More officers are also involved in the investigation side of the case.
So far, police and civilians had spent 28,000 man hours searching for the 31-year-old man, police said.
“Despite extensive searches by our marine assets, hundreds of volunteers, a chartered private helicopter, a fixed wing plane, snorkellers, divers and police personnel, Nathan has not been found,” Mr. Barrow said.
Between 5.30pm and 8.30pm Saturday evening – the same time period Mr. Clarke spent at the bar with his girlfriend and a group of friends a week ago – police spoke to patrons at Calico Jack’s to see if anyone had been there at the same time last week and if anyone remembered seeing the missing Cayman Prep teaching assistant.
Mr. Clarke was reported missing to police on Sunday, 26 February. He was last seen by his girlfriend and friends about 8.30pm the night before.
Although the search for Mr. Clarke concentrated mainly in the sea since Thursday, coordinated land searches were also conducted Sunday.
Mr. Barrow said land searches would include the dykes areas and abandoned buildings.
Mr. Clarke’s parents and sister arrived in Grand Cayman on Saturday.
A candlelight vigil with friends and family of Mr. Clarke was expected to be carried out on the beach Sunday night.