Police identify bodies found off Little Cayman in August

Boater deaths showed ‘no signs of violence’

Police brought the Jamaican boat to Cayman Brac on Aug. 25, 2015 after finding two bodies inside.

The bodies of two fishermen found on a boat floating off the coast of Little Cayman last August showed “no signs of violence,” according to post-mortems performed on the remains of both men.

The men, who were from the Dominican Republic, were identified Monday as Eduard Eugenio Taveras-Toribio, 37, and Manuel Henriquez, 57. Both had been living and working in Jamaica at the time of their deaths, the Royal Cayman Islands Police said.

The two had gone out on a fishing trip, police said.

“It is likely that they had engine failure and their boat drifted until the police vessel came across it [on Aug. 25, 2015],” an RCIPS statement noted.

Identification of the two men involved “extensive efforts” that included travel to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic after officers located family members, police said.

RCIPS officials said in December that tentative identifications for both men had been made, but they could not state a cause of death or absolutely confirm their identities. At that point, both men’s bodies had been in the George Town morgue for more than three months.

The small fishing boat, found with two decomposing bodies inside, was registered in Jamaica. The bodies had decomposed to the extent that a coroner who was brought to Cayman to perform the autopsies could not initially determine the cause of death.

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.

Police said arrangements are being made for the repatriation of the two boaters’ remains to the Dominican Republic in the near future.