Woman found off SMB identified

A woman found dead in Grand Cayman’s main tourism district early Sunday was identified by family members as a local financial services industry worker and mother of three children. 

Cassandra Hurlston, 38, was found near the Tiki Beach bar and restaurant along West Bay Road overnight Sunday after family members called police late Saturday expressing concerns for her welfare. 

Ms. Hurlston was not responsive when she was located, and medical personnel were not able to revive her with CPR. She was pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital early Sunday, police said. 

Initial reports to police indicated Ms. Hurlston was found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle, but Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers had cordoned off a wooded area just north of Tiki Beach early Sunday and appeared to be searching that area as well. Police Chief Inspector Harlan Powery declined to elaborate on the investigation, stating only that detectives had not determined what caused Ms. Hurlston’s death. 

Mr. Powery said officers received a request for help just before midnight Saturday from Ms. Hurlston’s family stating they had not been able to locate her and were growing concerned. 

Ms. Hurlston’s father-in-law, former Cayman Islands Chief Secretary Lemuel Hurlston, said Sunday his family did not believe she had met with foul play and indicated Ms. Hurlston had recently exhibited signs of depression due to personal issues. 

She worked in Cayman as a corporate administrator at Intertrust, a large financial services and investment funds administration firm. 

A Royal Cayman Islands Police officer walks through the area just off Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach where a woman’s body was found early Sunday. – Photo: Brent Fuller

A Royal Cayman Islands Police officer walks through the area just off Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach where a woman’s body was found early Sunday. – Photo: Brent Fuller
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