Jamaica appeal in cold case murder inquiry

Detectives investigating a cold case murder dating back to 2010 have broadened their search for information to Jamaica.

In November last year, police said a new lead had prompted the re-opening of the investigation into the fatal shooting of Courtney Spence, in the parking lot of a George Town warehouse.

A $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to a conviction in the crime.

Now detectives have partnered with Cayman Crime Stoppers and Crime Stop Jamaica in an effort to track down anyone with information about the crime.

A Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokeswoman said, “Detectives believe that people who were close to Courtney around the time of his murder may now be residing in Jamaica, and would like to speak with them.”

Jamaican national Spence, who was 32, had just completed a shift at Progressive Distributors when he was shot around 11pm on Thursday, 28 Jan. 2010. A security guard heard the shots and found his body lying in the parking lot shortly afterward.

At the time, police said the killing bore the hallmarks of a deliberate, premeditated attack on Spence. Friends and colleagues described the victim as a hard-working man who did not appear to have any enemies.

A press release issued in Jamaica this week states, “RCIPS detectives are keen to trace friends and acquaintances of Courtney’s who are now living in Jamaica but at the time of his murder were residing on Grand Cayman. Detectives are also keen to speak with any Facebook friends of Courtney.”

Tips can be submitted at www.crimestoppers.ky. Anyone passing on information is asked to reference ‘Operation Convoy.’