New info trickles in to cops

| 11/08/2011

(CNS): As the police continue to prioritise the missing person investigation into the possible whereabouts of Kerran (KerryAnn) Baker, senior officers said that some new information about her before the day she disappeared had been revealed to the police, opening up new lines of enquiry. However, DS Marlon Bodden and CS John Jones expressed their frustration that the police were still no wiser on the twelfth day of Kerran’s disappearance about what happened to her after she left a local supermarket on 30 July at around 7pm. “It is frustrating that nothing of note has come in that assists us with what happened to her after leaving Foster’s on Saturday evening,” Jones said.

With no specific evidence or concrete leads on the missing women, Bodden and Jones both spoke about the continued efforts to follow up on the snippets of information that were coming into the police about the days leading up to her disappearance, as they hosted the regular daily media briefing about the investigation.

“We still don’t know where she is but we will continue the investigation and continue to make appeals to the public about her whereabouts,” added DS Bodden, who has strategic oversight of the enquiry.

In the face of mounting rumour and speculation, the officers stated that while many people had been interviewed during the course of the investigation, no one had been arrested in connection with Kerran’s disappearance. Again the two officers confirmed that there was no evidence that Kerran had arranged to go out and meet anyone on the night she was last seen. All indications were that she was preparing a meal at her home, but they said they could not rule out the possibility that she was expecting someone.

Given that the disappearance of Kerran comes some six months after that of 35-year-old Anne Evans, who went missing from the George Town landfill in late January of this year, the police stated again there was nothing to link the cases. Nor was there any evidence of any kind of serial crime, Bodden reassured the community.

The officers noted that the police had not closed the Anna Evans case but after completely exhausting all lines of enquiry on that investigation, the officers said that there was simply nothing new for them to go on. “The lines of enquiry have simply dried up,” Bodden explained.

The senior officer acknowledged that women may feel afraid but he said fear breeds fear and leads to inaction. He advised women not to be afraid but to be aware of their surroundings and examine their own safety. “We shouldn’t take safety and security for granted,” he added.

John Jones also noted that while the abduction or murder of women was not unheard of in the Cayman Islands, it was still very uncommon.

Updating the press on the latest searches, the officers revealed that they had continued in the Frank Sound, South Sound and East End areas on Wednesday but the investigators spent Thursday reviewing the searches so far to cross check what they had learned.

DS Bodden explained that during the searches officers were looking carefully and methodically for anything, from fragments of clothing to broken jewellery, that could indicate a struggle had taken place. He also said they were searching for any evidence of shallow graves.

Emphasisin againg the seriousness of the investigation Bodden reiterated the appeal for information from those people in the community who know what has happened.

Anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of Kerran ( Kerry-Ann) Baker is asked to call any of local police station, the crime hotline 949 7777 or Wilmot Anthony Kerran’s father 321 4271 or Crime Stoppers at 800(TIPS) 8477.

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  1. Recent US Visitor says:

    "John Jones also noted that while the abduction or murder of women was not unheard of in the Cayman Islands, it was still very uncommon."

    Seems to me as if it is no longer uncommon.  Two cases in 6 months…on such a small island…with a small population…  Nope.  Statistically per capita, it's no longer "uncommon".  Hopefully the police and government administration will pull their heads out and get a grip on the fact that violent crime is becoming an issue on Grand Cayman – rapidly. 

    And as far as the police admitting that they know people know something but are saying nothing – time to get those who they believe know something into a situation where they are compelled to spill the proverbial beans.  Good grief – get tough and pull it out of them! 

    • Anonymous says:

      This is really bad and I hope people begin to tell what they know to help the police.  I just wonder how anyone can live with themselves if they have knowledge of such a crime.  I don't want to blame this on anyone but it can't be Caymanian because you know that it would have come out long time.  There was an artiicle in the Jamaican news paper maybe they should follow that lead.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think it is shame that we as single women and sometimes single mothers living alone with our children are not allowed to even keep a can of mace in our home. I grew up in a place where guns are legal and was educated from a young age what proper safety is, from the time I started dating until I married and moved to Cayman my father made sure I had an active can of mace on my keychain. I didn't use to worry about not being able to arm myself but I am honestly thinking I would be safer someplace else where it is legal to have a gun in my nightstand, mace on my keychain and a taser in my car. At least then when I start fighting back I would have a chance at surviving and not just disapear like this poor woman.

    • Anonymous says:

      My dear, we don't have mace but in my home there are several items at my disposal (which are perfectly legal) and if an intruder comes in and I can avail myself I will.  I am also a single monther and at times I find myself planning in my head what I would do if someone broke into my home.  How would I protect my child?  What route of escape would I use?  I keep my phone very close by in case I need to make an emergency call.  I am investing in a security system for my apartment and I try to be vigilant while nor conforming a routine as much as possible so its not so easy for someone to anticipate my movements.  Its a shame it has gotten to this.  I refuse to live in fear though, there criminals will not reduce me to a nervous wreck or paranoid woman.  I still live my life.  If someone happens to break in and I have the opportunity to do something about it, I'm sorry but they will NOT leave in the same state in which they entered.  We are vulnerable but we are not weak.

      • Wife and Mother says:

        I agree.  I don't have any weapons in my home, but :

        1.) I DO keep my finger on my car-alarm button when walking back to my car in a parking lot.  2.) I ask people in the stores to watch me get to my car. 3.) keep a keen eye out for anyone who could be hiding near my door at home (again, with key alarm in hand) and lock my door the instant I enter .  4.) Keep the hedges and bushes near my doors trimmed for visibility.

        I am considering gettng a marine air-horn for my car and home.  **Hey, if I heard an air horn blast, I'd call the police!  We need to get help somehow?  Maybe alerting my neighbors is a woman's only hope.  (It's legal.)  Since our neighborhood watches are not working as well as they could, maybe we should encourage homeowners and business owners to get loud alarms so we are alerted and can work together to nab these criminals.

        I welcome any other safety tips!  What can I use at home?  (that is legal)


    • Anonymous says:

      For what it’s worth, keep a spray can of Lysol (with bleach) in your car, under your seat…uncovered. Replace the can about every month as I’m not sure what effect the constant heat in the car will have. Any mini aerosol spray is also usually pretty toxic; perfume or breath sprays or a mini pest killer, anything that can fit in your purse; when sprayed in the eyes and nose will give you a small advantage. It’s not much but we don’t have any options so until the law makers wise up and see that the only ones these laws are affecting are the ones who don’t already have weapons….we women must do what we can.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is she even in Cayman??

    Airport CCTVs


  4. Anonymous says:

    Who could ever had thought Cayman would come to this.


    • Anonymous says:

      I noticed that no financial reward has been offered in this case. And before any1 says let it start with me….if it was my loved one I would certainly try to arrange that but I don't have the means. The reward for info on Anna is @ 55k and nobody has come forward so is it that no1 can be bothered anymore? I would however contribute what I can if such a reward came about in this case but apparently $$$ is not in favor of jail.

      • Easier for a camel to enter thru a needle eye... says:

        Perhaps the churches who received Mac's handouts would like to donate some of that cash to a reward for information?  That seems like a charitable and community minded thing to do, certainly an excellent use for those funds.  Also, some of that 'free' money could pay for legal advice for her family since unless I am misinformed the RCIPS is not aware of its ability to obtain a court order to require the phone company to turn over its records relating to Kerran's cell phone.

        *MAJOR SIDE EYE*

  5. Anonymous says:

    Believ e it or not,  I am a woman living alone, and I am scared as Hell.  I cannot sleep at nights for fear, and keep checking and rechecking doors and windows, and refuse to come out of the house after dark.  No body knows if these cases with Anna and Kerrann is isolated, or is there a killer out there targeting women.  I am so darn afraid I want to leave and go some place.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mash the hottest peppers, mix them with olive oil and put itin a spray dispenser.

      Keep it with at all times.

      Bugspray might also help.

      A sign "Be ware of dangerous dog" will also help.

      And finally prepare to leave for a better country. . . . . .since this is just the beginning.

    • Anonymous says:

      Calm down. These are clearly not random crimes. There is no serial killer on the loose. The last thing we need now is hysteria. Of course that does not mean that one should be sensible about your safety and security.  

    • Anonymous says:

      I dont understand this readers comment. Why would you be scared as hell? I mean really its not like we are living in South Central Los Angeles!!! I would suggest you go and see a therapist as you obviously have issues and are really paranoid. All women obviously have to be aware of their surroundings that is a given. As well if you consort with questionable people then you are looking for trouble. Your type of comments here only hinder the situation and raise the fear element. I suggest you calm yourself down maybe take a xanax and chill out!!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Everyone is different. You don't know why this person feels the way she feels, where  she lives and what kind of background she has. So do not judge.

      • Anonymous says:

        You must be a man.   If you are a woman and you said this, then shame on you, you have no fellow feeling and maybe it is you who needs to go see a therapist who can educate you on how to have fellow feeling for another human being who feels vulnerable and helpless in the face of increasing crime.   Do you know what it is like to feel empathy, or how women feel helpless that they live in a society where they cannot legally arm themselves with mace, pepper spray or even a gun, and if something happens to them, the police don't have a clue

    • Anonymous says:

      To the one who found it funny. Nothing indicates that these two cases are NOT connected. A lot of Carribbean men have stone age mentalityand silent protection of locals and inept police.

      • Anonymous says:

        … and women do not have the same stone age mentality? Were all her friends male? has any one come forward with any useful info, male or female?

        Caribbean men are no more a cave-man than any other region of the world, you have good and bad all over. You just have to be careful whoyou have as friends.

    • Anonymous says:

      Fear isn't going to help you.  A good night's sleep will help you.  Read a good book.  Watch a good movie.  Put on some music. Leave a small light on.  Think positively.  Think of something good or interesting you could do next day.  Otherwise, these thugs and idiots will be winning and you should be the one that is winning and have control over your life.  Live it to the fullest – you owe yourself that.  Keep smiling!

    • Anony Mouse says:

      One of the things we should do is to reassess the so-call friends we have. Looking at this case as we hear it, the friends we keep is our greatest danger, male or female.

  6. Anymous says:

    What a shame, that persons who know about her whereabouts will not say anything.  I never in a million years would have thought the people living here  would be so close lipped on such a situation.  Please have some conscience, the family is pleading, the police is pleading.  Take the 5th amendment and come forward and let this case come to a rest.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please don't write nonsense. We don't know that anyone (except perhaps her abductor if she was abducted) knows anything about her whereabouts. There is no "fifth amendment" here since the US Constitution does not apply. Second, pleading the fifth means that you refuse to say anything on the grounds that it might incriminate you – i.e. the opposite of what we want.

  7. Anonymous says:

    no one will help, be it missing women or crazy political corruption.  It's just not done here.