Police follow multiple leads

| 13/10/2008

(CNS): Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said the investigation team is following a number of lines of enquiry regarding the murder of Estella Scott Roberts at the weekend. He said some of the leads focus on work that Scott-Roberts carried out in the past but this was not the sole focus of the investigation withother lines of enquiry also being pursued as police keep an open mind and explore all possibilities.

 A team of experienced detectives are working with Kennett who has over 20 years experience in investigating serious crime. “We understand that this investigation is drawing a lot of interest and concern from the community,” said Mr Kennett. “A number of lines of enquiry are being carried out. There is a lot of police work to do and we are all working as hard and as best as we can to find out what has taken place,” Kennett said.

Police reported that the Initial forensic examinations of the vehicle have been completed and a number of items have been recovered that may assist in confirming the identity of the victim. Forensic Pathologist, Dr Bruce Hyma had arrived in Grand Cayman and was expected to examine the remains today. (Monday 13 October)

The opinion of fire experts is likely to be sought as investigations continue into the cause of the fire although police said it is clear that an accelerant was used.

 Some additional items have also been seized for forensic analysis. Following independent searches of the Barkers area by friends of Scott-Roberts, Scenes of Crime Officers collected a number of items from a site around 1-mile away from where the vehicle was found. These include birthday confetti similar to that which was present at the dinner, as well as some other items.

“It is too early to jump to conclusions about these items,” said Kennett. “What we can say is that they have been seized and will be examined to find out if they bear any significance to this investigation.”

Addressing various concerns within the community he said that the rumours circulating suggesting a series of rapes have recently taken place in West Bay were unfounded.

“This is not the case,” he said. “Another item of discussion is that this case bears similarities to that of the late Frederic Bise. There is no evidence that the two are connected other than by coincidence,” added Kennett

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) also wants to confirm that the location where Estella was last seen, the car park adjacent to Decker’s, was treated as a crime scene and processed by Scenes of Crime Officers immediately. The scene was later released once all forensic examinations had been exhausted.

Investigators are continuing to appeal for information about the movements of Scott-Roberts and her vehicle after 11.30pm on Friday night (10 October). Anyone who saw her car or anything suspicious in the West Bay area should contact police immediately, no matter how insignificant the information may seem. Kennett also noted that the concerns raised in the community about safety and he said everybody should always be aware of their surroundings whether they are here or abroad.

“We are a small community and we need to keep an eye out for each other. Keep watch on your neighbourhood and if you spot suspicious behaviour, report it to the police,” he added.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police immediately on 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). Any information could be crucial to this investigation. All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is just ridiculous i never knew that loosing a human been that did so much for the women in this small country could have only a value of $1000.00, and it can fit in my head that an IGUANA cost more money in rewards than her.

    Please make sure an rectify that reward amount because for the things that she did for Cayman Islands Women she needs to go in her grave in peace.


    God Bless her family and keep safe!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m in support of women protecting themselves in cayman! Is it going to take an incident as the weekend to make us consider protecting our women?

    My mother, your grand mother, our sisters, neices! They are all afraid! This is no longer the island that time forgot, its more the island that time has caught up with! To whom it may concern….. Let’s protect our women from their fears.

  3. Anonymous says:

    One thousand dollars reward for information is much too small.  Mrs. Scott Roberts’ life is worth more than one thousand dollars.  Mrs. Scott Roberts gave much more than $1,000 of  her passion, time away from her family to save the lives and preserve the value of other women, and to make Cayman a more upstanding and equal community. At the loss of her own life as consequence,  one thousand dollars is an insult!

    Who would risk their life to share substantial evidence for such an insignificant amount of money in our society?  I would give some donation to increase the reward. And secondly, I would give my time to take details of any information in hope of leading to an arrest and conviction. Any proposed reward promised to a beneficiary, should be, at the option of the beneficiary, given as a donatation tobenefit the crisis centre. Please allow the community to contribute.

    Please do your best to raise funds to increase the reward from $1,000 to at least a six  or seven figure number, and let us know where we can contribute.   Also please make sure the hotline is doing their best to process information.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is sad that the community has offered over ten thousand dollars for the capture of the murderer of the iguanas, yet the murder of a human only warrants a one thousand dollar reward…

      • Anonymous says:

        If you had just given it some time as you can now see the reward did and is now much greater.  Don’t judge others for their efforts in other areas of concern for the island example (like the iguanas).  We all have matters of the heart weather you may think they are great or small.  I feel so upset as a young caymanian and on on the verge of tears when I think about Estella, and yet I never met her or even heard of her till now. I’ve been praying very hard that god will reveal her killer or killers. But Please don’t attack other  groups of people for their past efforts in what they belive or supported for the island. Its not fair. Think outside the box.


        From a 100% Caymanian

  4. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if the Police have considered that the perpetrator/s might have been scratched by Estella as I do not see her giving up without a fight.  The public should be aware of this and on the look-out for anyone with scratches etc..