Police on Thursday morning moved to replace padlocks and eviction notices that had been removed overnight from the homes of missing Department of Environmental Health worker Anna Evans’s family, who are under a court order to vacate the property off Shedden Road in George Town.
Police repeated their requests for the family to leave the premises, telling them they were enforcing a court order initiated by the owner of the property, Kent Rankin, who plans on demolishing all of the structures on the 0.6-acre property. Ultimately, however, after discussions with police officers, the family members refused to leave and many were padlocked inside their home.
Ms. Evans disappeared while working at the George Town Landfill on Jan. 27, 2011, and has not been seen since, despite extensive searches at the landfill and surrounding properties.
Among the more than 20 people from six families who occupy the dwellings on the property are Ms. Evans’s five children and their caretaker, Ms. Evans’s sister Noreen Dixon.
“God is the only man that can help us right now,” said Ms. Dixon of the situation.
The family is being evicted because Mr. Rankin, who bought the property in 2007, wants to take possession of the land, which has been subject to a Writ of Possession issued through the court since Oct. 16, 2012. Mr. Rankin declined to comment when contacted by the Cayman Compass on Thursday.
Bulldozers had been scheduled to demolish the homes on Wednesday, but it didn’t happen.
As officers made their way around the homes, breaking chains to gain access and replace padlocks, other family members shouted that police were boarding up children in the houses.
“I am not coming out,” shouted Anthony Scott through the window. “Let them padlock the door.
“They want me to move [my] vehicle to padlock the doors, but I am not moving my vehicle,” he said.
Eventually a tow truck was called in by police to remove the vehicle, but before they could do so, Mr. Scott – who is a relative of Ms. Evans – handed an officer the keys and the car was moved away from the door. Officers then padlocked the door shut with Mr. Scott’s family inside.
Late Thursday afternoon, Ms. Dixon said she was contacted by Children and Family Services and advised that she should find a new place for her and Ms. Evans’s children to live.
As of press time on Thursday afternoon, the situation was unresolved, with the family members still inside and refusing to leave.