Police call killing 'apparent' murder-suicide

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has now effectively ruled out any other possible explanation than murder-suicide for a gruesome scene in Bodden Town’s Lookout Gardens on Feb. 9.  

RCIPS Chief Inspector Raymond Christian said Wednesday: “According to [the police Criminal Investigation Department], they are investigating a homicide and an apparent suicide and are not looking for anyone else is connection with the incidents.”  

Previous police press releases have referred to the killing as a “double death”, or a homicide and “possible suicide.”  

Police were called to a home in a remote area of Bodden Town district around 8:25 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 and discovered 21-year-old Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas dead of apparent stab and slash wounds. Ms. Thomas worked as a domestic helper for the man at whose home she was found Sunday.  

The body of 39-year-old Devon Roy Campbell was found hanging from a tree outside the home. Investigators said the incident “may be domestic-related.” 

The killing is the first to occur in the Cayman Islands during 2014.  

Three Cayman Islands Fire Service officers were put on required leave [paid suspension] earlier this week after police suspicions that they had taken crime scene photos of the Lookout Gardens incident that later popped up on social media and in email accounts around the islands.