Murdered man believed to be Anthony Smith
Police are still awaiting positive identification on the body of a man shot dead in a gang-land murder in Jamaica.
Detectives believe the murdered man is Caymanian Anthony Smith, who has been on the run since diving into the ocean in West Bay to evade police during a chase in October last year.
The man was said to have been shot in the back of the head in early March in the Manchester district, some 60 miles from Kingston.
Jamaican police contacted their Cayman counterparts last week, nearly two months after the killing, after inquiries led them to believe the body could be that of Mr. Smith.
The 33-year-old, who was wanted in Cayman for multiple offenses, including drug-related matters, made headlines in October when he leapt into rough seas at West Bay Public Beach to escape police.
A rescue effort on land, air and sea was launched amid fears that he may have drowned. Shoes and a cell phone were found, but no trace of Mr. Smith.
Police later said they had received “credible information” that he had escaped the island and was in Jamaica.
A spokesman confirmed on Thursday that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service had received reports from officers in Jamaica that a man fitting Smith’s description had been killed.
The spokesman said Mr. Smith’s family had been informed and a positive ID on the body was expected on Friday or Monday.