Clarke family leaves ‘numb and helpless’

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.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I fear that the local police do not know how to handle these types of cases:
    – it takes 4 days to find the phone, 150ft from where he went missing? and was found my a tourist?
    – it takes 5 days to organize a sea search?
    – the area where he was reported missing was never a taped off by police… ever! it was trampled by thousands of cruise ship passengers who had no idea.
    – 3 person to go missing and case unsolved.

    scary!!

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  2. Very sad prayers for Mr Clark . I still remember when the Cayman’s were a safe place to live people left their doors unlocked. Those days are gone!

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  3. As mentioned by Southernboy and also crisscross, the whole situation is strange and extremely upsetting for not only Nathan’s Family but Lisa and her family and all who knew Nathan; basically trying to understand the circumtances of what happened and where Nat could be?
    Ref resources: I agree that the RCIP are not equipped or trained in these sorts of situations, but now this has happened several times over the last few years, you would think they should have sorted out SOPS(Standard Operating Procedures)/Action plan rather than depending on civilians good will. Also, about time they had a dog unit for drugs/searching/rescue. It could be one of them in need next time!!

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  4. Sad that I reported suspicious activity of a man digging in the bush in my neighborhood the day after the call was searched off and no one followed up on the report to even ask where I saw this occur…less than 2 blocks from Public Beach. Praying that Nathan’s family has some answers soon.

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