The family of missing man Nathan Clarke say they are leaving Grand Cayman none the wiser about what happened to him.
In a statement released via the Royal Cayman Islands Police service, Mr. Clarke’s parents Elizabeth and Randell, brother Dan and sister Sam thanked the Cayman public for its help in trying to find Mr. Clarke.
“We leave here feeling numb and helpless, but take with us an understanding of Nat’s life here.
The love and respect you all have for him gives us hope that answers will soon be found,” the family said.
Mr. Clarke disappeared from the waterfront at Calico Jack’s on Public Beach on Saturday, 25 February. The only trace of him that has been found is his mobile phone, recovered from the sea off Public Beach four days after he went missing.
“After two weeks of intensive searching by police and hundreds of volunteers on land and sea, there has been no positive indication of his whereabouts and so he remains a missing person,” the family’s statement read.
Police are continuing their investigation, at a lower level, the family said, adding: “[police] once again call on all of you wonderful people of Grand Cayman to remain vigilant and report anything which may aid their enquiries.”
During the past three weeks, volunteers have blanketed Grand Cayman with flyers and posters of Mr. Clarke and have joined the daily searches for the missing 31-year-old Cayman Prep teaching assistant.
Police began concentrating search efforts at sea following the recovery of Mr. Clarke’s cell phone by a snorkelling cruise ship tourist in 10 feet of water, about 150 feet from shore. The searches were called off on Monday, 12 March.
Now, new posters detailing Nathan’s missing personal items are being circulated “so even those of you on holiday, diving, snorkelling or simply taking a stroll along the beach will know to report anything unusual or hand in any items which may be one of the missing belongings,” the family said.
Mr. Clarke is believed to have been carrying a black Fossil wallet and wearing black Quicksilver flip-flops when he disappeared. Those have not been found.
In a message to the people who joined the search, the family said: “We cannot express enough our gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers for their ceaseless searching, unending concern for our welfare and their generosity in making sure everything we could ever need was at our disposal. Thank you once again for your love and support.”