Craft carrying bodies was from Jamaica

A small fishing boat found Aug. 25 with two decomposing bodies inside was registered in Jamaica, but Cayman Islands authorities have not been able to determine what caused the deaths of its occupants.

A postmortem has been completed on the two bodies, which were discovered by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Marine Unit in the boat floating 13 miles southwest of Little Cayman. One of the men was estimated to be between 35 and 40 years old. The other was thought to be over 50.

The bodies had decomposed to the extent that a coroner who was brought to Cayman to perform the autopsies could not immediately determine the cause of death. Police did not state whether they believed the circumstances of the deaths were suspicious.

Formal identification of the men is pending from another jurisdiction, police said.

Hours after the 28-foot boat was found drifting off Little Cayman, it was towed by the Marine Unit craft Guardian to neighboring Cayman Brac. The bodies were initially examined there by local doctors.