Missing woman’s family ask for government help

| 13/02/2012

kerran_0_0.jpg(CNS): The family of Kerran 'Kerry-Ann' Baker, who has been missing since last July, are asking the Jamaican government to intervene in the case as they say the RCIPS is stonewalling them. According to a report in the Jamaican Observer, Kerry-Ann’s stepfather, Wilmot Anthony, has issued a public plea for the Jamaican foreign affairs ministry to get in touch with the Cayman Islands to press for answers. Cayman police have stated that they believe Kerry-Ann is dead and although one man was arrested on suspicion of murder in November, he was released and no charges were brought. Anthony said the family needed the help of the Jamaican government to stop the investigation dying out.

"We have not been hearing anything from anybody. We need the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get in touch with the Cayman Government because the case seems like it is dying out," he told the Observer. "We need more support from the Jamaican Government. She was a responsible, working Jamaican. She was no squatter there."

Baker, who was 25, worked as a practice nurse before her disappearance from her apartment on Arrow Drive in Bodden Town sometime in the evening of Saturday, 31 July. She was last seen on CCTV shopping at Fosters near the airport at around 7:00 pm that evening. When her friends raised the alarm and got into her flat on Sunday, the groceries she had bought were on the counter as though she had been disturbed while she was putting them away.

Her car was found abandoned in the Pedro Castle area a few days later and the keys apparently thrown into the bush. Despite a number of searches organised by the police and supported by friends, family and the community, there has been no sign of Kerry-Ann.
Chief Superintendent John Jones confirmed a few weeks after her disappearance that the police were treated her disappearance as a murder enquiry.

The public is asked to call the police on 949 7777 or alternatively the anonymous tips line 800 TIPS (8477) if they can offer any information that could assist the investigation.

See Observer article here

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous citizen says:

    all institutions are prone to corruption and to the vices of their members. If the UK government had dealt with the corruption issue correctly and promptly in Cayman Islands government and the RCIPS we would not be having these kind of issues today! Playing games and taking care or their little proxies and propped up cronies seems to be far more important than looking after the citizens of this island. Good governance my A$$!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The 2 aspects of this case that I find distressing are as follows:

    -A murderer living in our community walking around pretending they are a human being.

    -Someone walking around with information about this crime and saying nothing still trying to believe that they are a decent person and making excuses why they never came forward.

    I realize there are other murderers living free on grand cayman but the disappearing women strike a nerve with me in particular.

  3. McCarronMcLaughlin says:

    With all due respect to the parents of Kerry Ann, I believe we've reached a deadend with the investigation in Cayman, I say this because in Jamaica over 1000 people go missing every year and the Jamaican government can't find them, so asking them to put pressure on Cayman, maybe a stretch of the immagination at this point.

    • Anonymous says:

      With all due respect McCarron, it can never be a stretch of the imagination when it is your daughter who is missing!

      • Anonymous says:

        There is such a thing as reality and at some point we all have to face it. At this time it seems pretty far fetched she is still alive, some1 with info will come forward, evidence will turn up or a person/s will be charged and it sticks. I can't argue with the poster who pointed out Jamaica having over 1000 missing persons with its own issues so that approach might be to no avail. It must be killing her family to not know what happened to her (especially vanishing on this tiny lil rock) but if any1 was going to come forward I would hope they'd have done so a loooooong time ago otherwise their just damn evil. I sympathize with her folks but the Police can't create evidence, play psychic or force ppl to come forward. RCIP can't find robbers much less missing ppl.

  4. Knot S Smart says:

    I wonder:

    If you locked the Jamaican Police and the Cayman Police in a wet paper bag:

    Which one would get out first?

    • Anonymous says:

      The Jamaican. He will at least try. And if all else fails, he will use his machete.

       

    • Anonymous says:

      Aren't they the same people?

       

    • Anonymous says:

      The difference is the Jamiacan polie would have already charge someone for the crime, whther they did it or not.

  5. Sheerluck Holmes says:

    After this time the overwhelming odds are that this missing person is either dead or in hiding.  The RCIP resources are best spent elsewhere unless a significant piece of evidence comes to light.

    • Michael says:

      Not luck – prayer!  This is pretty much out of the police hands and members of the public. If Kerran was murdered and her body hidden that no one can tell the tale, then I say only by God's providence, will her family ever receive closure they need. We can't help if there is no evidence!  I believe in a big God and I feel we should all be praying for a lead in the investigation. Like it is written, "Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord." 

    • FLOSSY says:

      Sheerluck Holmes 13:11

      That is someons daughter you are asking them to forget.about, what if it was one of your Family memebers? Jeez Loiuse, where is your comapssion.

      A woman vaniishes in a puff of smoke, and you think it should not be pursued unless there is a New lead? You cant do that, there is someone dangerous still out there.

      And they may just do it again. I just hope the police dont agree with you.  

  6. Dare to Dream says:

    Indeed it is very sad that both she and Anna disappeared with out a trace but what shouldth RCIPS do?  Should they manufacture the ievidence?  There must be persons on this island who know something about these two disappearance but just will not talk to the Police.  I can understand the pains of both sets of families, but I think looking to the Jamaican  Government for answers are futile.  Just read the Gleaner for a while and you will understand- they have more than enough of issues themselves.  I pray some one will be brave enough, and care enouth to tell the Police what they know, no matter how insignificant it might seem.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The Jamaican government can put pressure on the RCIPs…but seeing as how they are about the most useless police force in our Universe I don't think they'll get much further.

    This family is obviously at their wits end. Whether it's corruption or total lack of policing skills that is stopping these crimes from being solved and these families for getting some piece of mind is now the question.

    Why is it that our police have no idea what they're doing? What goes on in the Training courses that they offer for the new Officers? Why wasn't whole areas of the Island locked down and searched? People in every car should have been stopped and questioned? Why wasn't the BBM service utilized immediately that someone was missing and people should keep a look out?

    It's so sad to see these events become more common and I beleive the only waysomething will be done is if someone important in the RCIP's eyes looses their child or loved one in the same way.

    Have mercy on us.

    • Anonymous says:

      Some people are just not allowed to be arrested here.

      After Ivan we imported armed police help. Waiting in line for gas, one of our own yelled at the policeman. "Why am I waiting, do you know who I am?" To which the foreign policeman replied "Do you see what I'm carrying?"

      We have spoilt ourselves rotten with entitlement and superiority. I know of two sisters. One would get angry at the other because she "made her kids work". Just compare our current culture to the seven deadly sins – pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth. Long gone are the days where we worked hard, travelled the world, lived within our means and lived with humility.

       

       

      • Anonymous says:

        What on earth has this got to do with the article? You can only arrest people if you have a reasonable suspicion that they have committed an arrestable offence and you can only charge them with a crime if you have sufficient evidence to take it to trial.    

        • Anonymous says:

          Perhaps you should ask yourself why we rarely have reasonable suspicion and sufficient evidence to prosecute. 

          • Anonymous says:

            I assume it is the samee problem as everywhere else – witnesses won't necessarily volunteer evidence if they feel they will be put in danger. 

      • Anonymous says:

        "One of our own" …………… That says everything about what is wrong around here.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Correction CNS: the public organised the searches while the police looked on.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How exactly is the Jamaican Govt going to help? Will they supply the evidence needed to charge someone?

    • Anonymous says:

      Reply to: Mon, 02.13.2012-0812

       

      NO, but they sure can put presure on.

      This is a one of there citirzens, missing in our Country.

      Wont look nice for the Cayman islands If this story go's international, and is seen on TV networks, other than Cayman 27, now will it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Attempting to embarrass Cayman/RCIP in the international media won't supply the evidence needed to solve the case. At best it would lead to a mentality of "charge somebody – anybody!" and result in a poorly prepared case that will fail in the courts.   

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe they can follow the leads where RCIP can't seem to follow anything.

      • Anonymous says:

        As another poster has said 1,000 people go missing without trace in Jamaica every year. It does not appear that the Jamaican police have any special skills to offer.