island of Little Cayman’s most well-known local businessman has been found dead
at his home, according to reports from the Royal Cayman Islands Police and information
gathered by the Caymanian Compass.
McLaughlin, 54, was believed to have been stabbed sometime Friday night or
early Saturday morning. His body was discovered early Saturday morning, according to Deputy Premier and Cayman Brac MLA Moses Kirkconnell.
“Perry was a life-long friend, he’s [Premier] Alden [McLaughlin’s] second cousin,” Mr. Kirkconnell said. “This was just an absolute shock this morning.”
detained a woman in connection with the incident on suspicion of murder. She was identified by police as “the partner” of the deceased Mr. McLaughlin. Although they did not confirm Mr. McLaughlin had been stabbed, police indicated the incident appeared to be “domestic” in nature.
Jonathan Tibbetts of Cayman Brac Power and Light said he knew Mr. McLaughlin when he lived on Cayman Brac and also through business associations in Little Cayman over the last decade. “Everybody
knew him. People are telling me they were having conversations with him just
yesterday, I think everybody’s reeling from it.”
District Commissioner Ernie Scott said RCIPS officers had flown into Little
Cayman to begin their investigation early Saturday. Little Cayman’s
police force consists of two officers and does not have the resources to handle
a homicide investigation. It was not immediately known if Little Cayman had ever experienced a killing in its previous history.
McLaughlin has run various businesses on Little Cayman over the past two
McLaughlin started McLaughlin Rentals in 1990 – the first car rental business
on Little Cayman – with just a few dozen people residing on the island, which is
about one mile wide.
Cayman’s permanent population today is estimated at somewhere between 125-150
people, although more than 200 people, including long-term visitors, reside
there during the tourism “high season.”
McLaughlin also owned the Iguana Crossing Liquor Store, McLaughlin property
Management, McLaughlin Properties Limited and Little Cayman Wholesale.