US K-9 team join Nathan search

Two specialist search and recovery dogs and their handlers from Florida have joined the search for missing man 
Nathan Clarke. 

The team of dogs and handlers from the Miami-Dade K-9 Unit arrived in Grand Cayman on Wednesday night and joined the sea search for the missing Cayman Prep teaching assistant when it resumed at 9.30am Thursday morning. 

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service requested the assistance of the team, police said. 

Miami-Dade’s K-9 Unit’s dogs were previously in Grand Cayman to help in the search of the George Town landfill last year for missing Department of Environmental Health worker Anna Evans, who remains missing. 

Rough sea conditions earlier this week led to the marine searches being suspended, but they resumed on 
Wednesday morning. 

The searches are being coordinated at a mobile police unit stationed at the Public Beach car park on Seven Mile Beach.  

Mr. Clarke, who has lived in the Cayman Islands for four years and who is from Cheltenham, United Kingdom, was last seen on the beach by Calico Jack’s about 8.30pm, 
Saturday, 25 February. 

So far, the only sign of the missing man has been his mobile phone. A snorkelling cruise-ship tourist recovered the Samsung phone from the sea, about 150 feet from shore in front of Calico Jack’s on 29 February. 

Mr. Clarke was also believed to be carrying a black Fossil wallet and wearing black Quicksilver flip flops, which have not been found. 

Police and hundreds of volunteers have been scouring the Island and the sea off Seven Mile Beach for the missing man since he was reported missing.  

Police have concentrated the search for Mr. Clarke on the water since the recovery of his cell phone, but volunteers have continued to do land searches also. 

Fundraising in Grand Cayman and overseas is ongoing to help pay for expenses relating to the search, including paying for a private helicopter to assist while the police helicopter is off island undergoing maintenance. 

On Wednesday, senior police officers met with Mr. Clarke’s family, who arrived in Grand Cayman last weekend, along with his girlfriend’s parents to update them on the progress of the search and the investigation. 

“Police advised the family that the search would continue to be focused on the sea and shoreline and, weather permitting, the operation would continue for the foreseeable future,” a statement from the RCIPS read. 

Police also reminded volunteers who wanted to “take part in the sea/shoreline searches to report to the police command unit to ensure that the professional coordination of the search continues”. 

The searches are being coordinated at a mobile police unit stationed at the Public Beach car park on Seven Mile Beach.  

Nathan Clarke search dogs

Miami-Dade K-9 Unit handler Pedro Otano is seen with one of the two search and recovery dogs that have joined the search for Nathan Clarke. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY