More than three months after they were found floating off the coast of Little Cayman, two bodies found on board a Jamaican boat are still at the Grand Cayman morgue.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police has tentative identifications for both men but is no closer to releasing formal IDs or determining what killed the men.
“The formal identification of the bodies discovered on Aug. 25 in Cayman Islands waters has been delayed by the failure to obtain confirming evidence from other jurisdictions,” according to a police statement issued Tuesday.
“The RCIPS has undertaken extensive efforts to facilitate this identification, including travel to other jurisdictions, but formal identification is still pending.”
The small fishing boat, found with two decomposing bodies inside, was registered in Jamaica. A post-mortem was 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 determine the cause of death.
Police did not state whether they believed the circumstances of the deaths were suspicious.
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.