Anna Evans’s children and family face finding new home

The children of missing landfill worker Anna Evans are without a place to live after having been evicted from their George Town homes on Tuesday. 

More than 20 people in six families, including the five children of Ms. Evans, were served with writs of possession on Tuesday morning. 

Bulldozers were scheduled to demolish homes on the property on Shedden Road on Wednesday afternoon.  

The writ of possession issued by the court was stapled to several doors at the back of the 0.6-acre property because the lawful owner, Kent Rankin, wants to take possession of the property. 

But residents, including Ms. Evans’s sister Noreen Dixon, who has been looking after the five children since their mother disappeared, said they planned to lock themselves inside in protest. 

Ms. Dixon said the alternative was for her and the children, who are between the ages of 11 and 22, to be left on the streets. 

“My sister did not have a home of her own. She paid rent for her and the children and when she went missing, I took them home,” she said. 

“This is the bottom line, we do not have anywhere else to go. My mother is 58 … she point blank stated she is not moving.  

“If they lock the doors, we are staying put, it is not going to be a very nice, outcome.” 

Other residents living in the homes, across from Archie’s Bar, said they would not be moving. 

Police arrived at the property Tuesday to begin boarding up the homes. Residents say they were told they had until 5 p.m. the following day to remove their belongings, 

“I was in the house with my wife, daughter and grandbaby when officers started boarding up my house and [putting] padlocks on all the doors,” said Anthony Scott. 

Mr. Scott said he was told by officers after they removed one padlock for his family to get out, that they had orders from the Grand Court and a letter from Mr. Rankine to lock up the place, and that the families living there could come back from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday to collect their belongings. 

“I am staying put and not moving, and I just waiting until I hear back from my lawyer,” he said. 

“I will lock myself in my home and I am not coming out,” said Lucy Seymour, 58, who gathered with other family members and children at the front of her house. 

She claims the land belongs to her father “and I would like it to stay that way.”  

Ms. Dixon said her family had lived on the property all their lives.  

Setbacks since Ms. Evans’s disappearance 

More than three years has passed since Ms. Evans disappeared on Jan. 27, 2011, and as the trail grows cold in solving the case, setbacks continue to plague Ms. Evans’s five children, said Ms. Dixon.  

According to Ms. Dixon, when she found out they were going to be evicted she approached a politician about the matter and was told they would get back to her, but she has not heard anything else. 

“Every time I go to government about Anna’s children, they make me cry. “They know my situation for assistance but …they tell me I must come and find them but what they must remember is, Ann went missing on her job working for government.” 

To this day, there is no information about what happened to Ms. Evans. Despite intensive searches of the George Town landfill site and surrounding land and waterways by specialists, family and friends, police, and hundreds of volunteers, she had not been found. Even a $50,000 reward announced by dms Broadcasting at the time following her disappearance failed to yielded any positive leads.  

To help the children, Ms. Dixon has published pleas for public support over the years. 

“All the children … are very upset with no answers about their mother,” said Ms. Dixon. “I try to do the best I can with the little I have.”  

Anyone interested in assisting may contact Noreen Dixon on 928-3504. 

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Anna Evans’s children, along with other family members, stand by the eviction notice and padlocked door. – Photo: Jewel Levy

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12 COMMENTS

  1. This is such a sad story. The Cayman Islands have thousand of registered companies, restaurants and businesses, people with lots of money, and my suggestion is that even if each one contributed only 200 dollars matched by the government purse, we could build a permanent place for Anna’s children.
    What we really do not understand is, although we may sit back in our leather chairs and say this is not my business, I say it is, if Cayman is your home, because poverty can strike in a different way at any of our doors. Romans 8: 28 says, We know that all things work good for those who love God who are called according to his purpose.

  2. I am very concerned about what is happening to this family but I do understand why the rule of law must be respected.
    This same situation is happening to many other families in the Cayman Islands and I fear that the long term impact of increased unemployment and poverty will be devastating for the Cayman Islands.

  3. Very sad story for this family to have to go through this. One thing I have to ask is if as she says the land belongs to her father how are they being evicted? It would be good to know the whole story here, because it really seems like the lawful owner if not her father as she says is being demonized. Does he or does he not actually own it? Where they paying him rent? it is unlikely that they would be paying rent for property owned by her father. These are all valid questions that would need answers in order to properly judge the situation.

    Did it once belong to her father who sold it, if so it no longer belongs to the family.

    Another question is did she have any life insurance, people must realize that the government are other people are not responsible for your loved ones after you’re gone, other people have families to provide for themselves. We as parents have to take every step we can to provide for our children in the sad case that we pass away. You’d be surprised how affordable life insurance is. If you have young children depending on you it is as much of a necessity as food and a roof.

    Again very sad story to see kids in this situation.

  4. I would be interested to hear the Mr. Rankin’s side of the story. If the Grand Court got involved and eviction notice, I feel there’s a part of the story that is missing in this article.

    By driving by this site nearly every day, it does appear that the buildings are in serious need of repair. I question the family’s safety in the home.

  5. Can a civilized country legally evict children whose mother is missing without providing a shelter? If yes,this news should be spread around the world. Where is the voice and actions of the community and a church?

  6. Lucia this actually has nothing to do with the country if it’s private property. But yeah you can get evicted if the mother is missing. Let’s not get confused about this and make it seem like someone is putting kids out on the street they were living with adult family members who seem to have been aware that this was coming. The situation sucks but nothing illegal was done here. I am sure they won’t have to sleep on the street.

  7. All very sad but the fact is that the property belongs to the owner, who can gone through all legal steps to take possession of their property.

    The usual reason for eviction is non-payment of rent or end of a lease.
    Is there a current lease? Is the rent current?

  8. The problem with Ms. Vargas’ suggestion is twofold. 1) More than 20 people from six families who occupy the dwellings on the property. Why should we arbitrarily ask the residential and business communities to pick just one of these families to support? How can we arbitrarily determine which of the 6 families have the most need? You are in essence asking the other 5 families to watch as a favored few are rescued and they struggle on without aid. That will cause resentment and dissension in the community. 2)I know the common refrain is: Look to the government to do less, and ask the population to do more. However, if you read the article, the assertion is that politicians are promising aid and doing nothing. We are talking about a group of mostly career politicians. Many with several pensions and multiple outside sources of income, even before you include the government salary and perks. The least they could do is put pressure on the agencies involved to account for the lack of progress in Ms. Evans’ disappearance and arrange emergency shelter for the 6 displaced families. Could the business community fund raise and donate cash, materials and services? Probably. Should they be compelled to put an arbitrary figure of 200 in a communal pot? No. In this instance government has the responsibility to the 6 displaced families. To expect the business community to step in for just one or even all of the displaced families isn’t reasonable. No matter how wealthy they are, have been or will be in years to come. If we vote the same people into office year after year, we should be compelling them to perform.

  9. While my heart goes out to these families, I must agree that everyone donating 200 dollars is not the answer. First, because that’s what we already pay taxes for and have charities for and because the suggestion that these thousands of companies should donate because they have lots of money is exactly why they shouldn’t. What happens next week when another family is evicted – we ask the rich folks for another couple hundred? After all they’ll barely notice it. I agree these people need help, but that doesn’t appear to be the issue here. They just appear to be squatters.