Search continues for teacher

| 27/02/2012

Capture_16.JPG(CNS): Updated 5:30pm – The search continued on Monday evening for assistant teacher Nathan Clarke, who has been missing since Saturday evening. Police said that throughout Monday officers worked side-by-side with civilian volunteers as they search for any trace of the 30-year-old West Bay resident. Clark was last seen at around 8:30pm near Calico Jack's beach bar on the West Bay Road and friends, family and the RCIPS marine and air units have been searching for him since Sunday lunchtime. Police officers will be visiting condo complexes on the West Bay Road to hand out flyers asking for information. In addition, the RCIPS mobile command post will remain in situ at public beach.

The command post will be manned until just after midnight and anyone who has any information that could assist in the search for Nathan is asked to call into the command unit and speak to a police officer.

Chief Inspector Richard Barrow, West Bay Area Commander, thanked the many volunteers who came out today to help with the search on Monday.

“Unless there are any significant developments tonight we intend to resume the search tomorrow morning,” Barrow stated. “However, I would appeal to anyone who is thinking of searching later tonight or tomorrow to contact the police staff at the command post first. It is essential that the search pattern is monitored and managed appropriately – and while we appreciate that people do feel the need to do something, we would ask that they do that in conjunction with us.”

Friends and family of Clarke have said that he is most unlikely to go missing and are increasingly concerned about what has happened to the Cayman Prep teachers' assistant. When he was last seen Nathan was walking towards West Bay wearing beige swim shorts but no shirt.

Anyone with information can attend the command post on public beach or call the police on 949-4222.

See flyer below.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    To the post referring to "all sorts of undesirable people lurking in the seagrape bushes" near Calicos, one would hope this is not specifically the case but perhaps the poster has valid reason to state this.

    However, as a general liklehood it is almost certain that there are all sorts of undesirables in our society, jut like any other society. By the law of averages alone, because of the large increase in our population partially due to the vast amount of immigration over the past twenty-five years, surely at any given time we have perhaps some social deviants/miscreants amongst us capable of random abductions, etc. (as is being inferred).

    This is not a xenophobic view, simply a logical extrapolation of the demographics found in other societies.

    Nonetheless, in saying this I would hope that there is no criminal activity behind this missing person case.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The friends and family of Nathan are being forced to pay for the helicopter to search by air.  They have set up a PayPal account and a cash drop center, and are desperate for financial support.  The helicopter is costing $1,600 per hour, and they simply cannot affort to keep it in the air.  Any support from the public is greatly appreciated.  Cash donations can be made at Dukes, opposite Public Beach, and the PayPal account is

    • Anonymous says:

      You are kidding me that the Tour Helicopter Company are charging $1,600 to the family? That cannot be right?  Surely they are just covering their costs


  3. Anonymous says:

    There are all sorts of undesirable people that lurk in those seagrape trees running west down the beach from Calico Jacks. Don't walk alone there at night down the beach. Even with another person. Only in groups of 3 or more. These areas need to be lit.

  4. Anonymous says:

    did he had any personal items on him like cell phone, credit cards, ATM cards, driver's license on him when he went missing? if he did they can track his last movement with them.. but i hope and pray to God that he is found alive and safe!

  5. Searching4Nathan says:

    Nathan is a lovely geniune guy and his girlfriend Lisa is a great teacher and sweet person.  They are a very close and loving couple.  I am very saddened to hear of his disappearance and helped join the search last night but sadly to no avail.  I find it amazing that the Cayman Islands Police CANNOT or WILL NOT fund the helicopter for this search.  Pressure should be put on them as much as possible, either through the UK Government or through the people of the UK and the Cayman Islands.  Cayman is a tourist destination and having people go missing (so quickly) wihout any solid leads is unacceptable and scary for residents and tourists.  You would think the Government would want to show it was doing everything possible to find Nathan and show the world the Cayman Islands is a safe and peaceful place to visit.  Please help spread the word and put pressure where necessary to get Nathan found. Please donate as much as you can afford and complain to the authorities that you have to do this because they are not willing to.  Thanks 🙂

    • Natural Mystic says:

      I am a Native Caymanian and i agree with your post 1000% , Alot of money went in to the "Cameras" why weren't there any around Calico Jacks and the other beachside bars especially since there has been more than one car accidents involving patrons of these establishments? 


  6. Get ready says:

    I hope the CI Government and Police are reading the Facebook page re finding Nathan.  There is a very significant amount of displeasure about the actions being taken and it seems that friends and family now feel the only course of action is to bring pressure on the powers that be through the media.

    Having worked for the UK media, we do NOT want that to happen – the media are brutal and we do not need to be splashed about with negative publicity, particularly from the taloids.

    Perhaps a quick flashback to Aruba and the Holloway case might open some eyes.  That country is STILL suffering the immense international attention they got.

    Cayman does NOT need this, though I completely support tha friends and family if they have exhausted all other reasonabl avenues and feel their pleas are falling on deaf ears…

    • SCRATCH says:

      "Get ready"  10:09, will you please cut it out. Because reading your post is just far fetched.  All you people do is wait for the slightest chance to critize the Cayman People and its Government.  Please cut the shi**t out.

      Having worked with the UK Media………???  so what…??? Do we care who you worked for?  We are only concerned that Mr Nathan is found.

      Why do you think you can come here and threaten the people of Cayman.  Look here who ever you are.  We are all concerned about the disapearance of this man.  Cayman people are very passive and kind hearted, and very concerned about the disapearnace of Nathan and all the others.  so please hush the crap and search for the man.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Are divers checking the area, north and south of the area?  Does anyone know which way the current flows in that area, north and south of Calico's Jack?  Just some ideas running in my head as we are all concerned about this situation.


    Please let him be found!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Have anyone thought to ask Tiki Beach if they have security cameras? If they do have cameras on the beach side and road side maybe they will know (if it shows) if he made it that far by foot, or if any other suspicious person (s) we seen walking either on the beach or road around that time!

  9. WeSoF*%#ed says:

    Has anyone checked the old Hyatt building or the old Court Yard Marriott? I think the police should check them both room by room! Also why hasn't the governmentdone anything about these two eye sores! either tear them down or restore them!

  10. Cat says:

    When will the next search be organized and conducted?

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is indeed a situation of concern and I really do hope this young man is found safe. However, there is nothing yet which indicates foul play. Someone was level-headed enough to suggest that an accident may havetaken place, for example if he'd decided to go for a swim and got into difficulty. Even if a crime has taken place, God forbid, just because he was walking towards West Bay, does not link that district with the situation. Criminals drive around, don't they??!!

    Those posters who denigrate West Bay and automatically link this with some act of crimeassociated with WB are really rationally (or perhaps even intellectually) challenged. I am not originally from WB but have made it my home for the past 22 years and I have never had an unpleasant experience here. Sure, in the past years and especially last year there were a few murders here, but everyone knows they were all connected through drug gang retaliation. Estella's heinious murder was done by two foreign nationals who did not even live in WB but just chose to do their horrible act there. The random crimes which involve armed robberies are prevalent all over the island and are clearly the work of mobile perps. Nothing links WB specifically to any of that type of more dangerous crime. I say "more dangerous" because the random nature of these armed robberies could target anyone, anywhere, anytime as opposed to the retaliation crime – if you're not running with the drug gangs you're not a target.

    Therefore please be factual and realistic when attempting to denigrate West Bay, and please no poltical-related responses to this post. At this point, West Bay is no more dangerous or crime-prone than anywhere else in Grand Cayman – just check the facts.



    • Anonymous says:

      Since the police knows his phone as ringing in the N.W.Point/ W.B.Road area, that means they should be able to trace his whereabouts by the phone if it has a GPS. Does his phone have a GPS in it or not? can the police do a quicker job this time than last time with Kerran. No blackberry waiting for records please. Get this done immediately.

      The police should confront the persons in the area wherehis phone was ringing. The police in Hialeah found a girl last week by using the girl’s phone GPS to locate her. It was her own shenanigans at work admittedly, but at least the phone GPS system can assist in finding the missing person.

      Environment need to get on the ball and force Calico Jacks or whoever is responsible to cut down those grape trees providing an ambush for criminals to attack people. It should be cleared out and trees cut down making the place safer. Also what about security officers outside making sure these people enjoying themselves are leaving the place safely?

      Too much slackness in this country.Making it very unsafe.

  12. Anonymous says:

    For further updates please join our facebook page and share with everyone you know. We will find him. We are currently raising money to put the helicopter back up so if anyone can help with this then please join and let us know  x

  13. Anonymous says:

    I met Mr. Clarke for the first time last Monday and he seems like a nice person and a good person to have as a teachers assistant.  He was great with the kids.

    I was shocked and sad to hear he is now missing.  

    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.

  14. ian ebanks says:

    yow nathan this is your friend ian we are looking all over the place for u bro hoping that u are still ok and alive  this is very uncommon for something like this to happen to a nice person like u lisa and all of us are worried about you just to let the public know i personally believe there is a stalker o stalkers by calico jacks amongst those grape trees preying on people this is not the first time that people have been stabbed and robbed at that place but we will keep searching for u nathan with the hope of god we will find u alive 

    • Anonymous says:

      As a person completely unconnected, my heart goes out to his family and friends. I find this bizaare and sickening, and if it's any assurance at all, the people of Cayman hope this young man turns up alive and well. We will continue to pray that Nathan is found and assist where we can to find him.

      FYI – you do not have to provide your e-mail address to thumbs up / down

  15. Anonymous says:

    The thumbs down shows concern, why would anyone do that? To make a comment you have to give your email address, these people should be traced and interrogated! I really hope that Nathan is found safe and well, go ahead and thumbs down and I hope that you get traced.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Have they checked the Salt Creek area? My thoughts immediately go there.

    Fingers crossed and prayers said!

    • Anonymous says:

      In addition to other groups / efforts in the area – all the dykes in Salt Creek and Barkers were walked by myself and three other searchers yesterday working in pairs, methodically from maps. We checked all the conduit pipes between canals and also all the mosquito traces into the mangroves for signs of activity – but we saw nothing.

      • Anonymous says:

        Okay. Hopefully something turns up soon! If I think of anywhere else, I'll post.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I strongly believe that the person who has thumbs down in regards to this plea is the culprit. How can you be so insensate towards this young man? How would you feel if he was your relative or friend? Please keep off this site with your cold self.

  18. Anonymous says:

    the most recent photo is his school photograph, the formal one.


  19. wow says:

    sometimes I wonder how immature or stupid you have to be to thumbs down certain comments ….. so you don't hope the missing person gets found…sad…..

  20. Anonymous says:

    I don't know if it's only me but I don't think this is the place or the time for light and/or "humourous" comments. There is a family out there and friends worrying where their love one is. And it's nothing like normal circumastances so please, keep it for you (just for now)


  21. Anonymous says:
    This afternoon at 4:00pm, Inspector Scholfield of the RCIP asked the school (Cayman Prep) to inform parents that he has sufficient volunteers and that no more individuals are required today. However, he suggested that if individuals wish to offer their assistance again tomorrow morning, he would be grateful if volunteers would go to the Mobile Police Command Unit at Public Beach at 9:30 am.
  22. Anonymous says:

    Oh Lord West Bay is involved?!?!

  23. Sam Clarke says:

    The photos to me all look similar – but they would I'm his sister.   If you spot someone similar and he's got a chipped front tooth – them thats him .  Please please please keep looking and find him for us 

    • Anonymous says:

      By the grace of God, may he come home safely.  Our hearts and prayers are with you.  May all the citizens of Cayman please come together and shed light on this astonishing situation.

    • Anonymous says:

      We will find him Sam, we will keep looking until we do.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thinking of you and your family.  x

    • Anonymous says:

      I had the pleasure in meeting Nathan this year when he joined my UCCI class.  He has always been such a pleasure to have in class.  I am praying that Nathan is found quickly — and alive — and for strength for his family as they go through this trying time.

      I join others in appealing to the public to assist in whatever way members can.


      God bless, Nathan and his family.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I know this is a hard time for his family and friends, but we need more details. Like

    1. was he walking towards West Bay along the beach or along the road?

    2. Is there any suspicion that he was intoxicated?

    3. Where exactly in West Bay is his home located?

    4. What was he doing at the beach on Saturday prior to ending up in the Calico Jack area?


    • Mushroom1 says:

      Why would anyone put a thumbs down to this? The more specifics we have the more chance we have of locating this man. The only thing I can see is that someone is offended by the suggestion that he was intoxicated, and miss took that for blaming the victim.

      If he was at Calico Jacks on the last day of mid-term break, it seems probable that he might have put back a couple of beers. I have no problem with that, he wasn’t driving. But, if he was intoxicated he may have made choices he wouldn’t whilst sober. i.e. maybe he went for a swim, and ran in to difficulty. Given his profession and age I doubt he was carrying large sums of cash, or wearing a Rolex. ‘Cause the alternative to misadventure is a run in with the West Bay welcoming committee.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello – here are some answers to some questions – I was with the search party and understand this from conversations with the distraught close friends with him on the evening:


      1. was he walking towards West Bay along the beach or along the road?

      Not sure he was walking towards West Bay at all.  I understood from his girlfriends and friends that they were all getting set to leave Calico Jacks to its North end, on the beach, and when the friends went to say goodbye to some other friends, Nathan had disappeared.  I think it was near the darker part of the beach near Red Sail/Seagrape Beach.  Maybe he noticed his friends were gone (not realising they had gone to say goodbye to friends?) and went walking looking for them and fell victim to foul play?  They meanwhile went looking for him from the very night.  It is apparantly very unlike him to leave without letting his girlfriend and friends know.  He gave his shirt to his girlfriend to wear as she was cold, so only had beige board shorts on, and possibly black Quicksilver flip flops with red mark on them. 

      2. Is there any suspicion that he was intoxicated?

      Don't think so but not sure – he had a few drinks but was according to the people with him, and was OK i.e. not drunk.  


      3. Where exactly in West Bay is his home located?

      Upon entrance to West Bay – it is up to close friends/family to give specifics if they are reading this.

      4. What was he doing at the beach on Saturday prior to ending up in the Calico Jack area?

      Do not know.


      Please, please, everyone join in the searches – and please if anyone has any information, let the police know so that his friends and loved ones can get information – there is nothing worse than not knowing.  The 5pm update was that his phone was 'pinging' in NW Point to half way up WB road area – up to Sunday night so searches focussed there but please contact police and help to look anywhere on Grand Cayman.  God bless you Nathan, we will keep on looking.

      • Anonymous says:

        By 9:00AM Monday Lime and Digicel should have been "pinging" his phone.  We pay through the nose for our cell servcie and I'd like to see both companie have a 24/7 plan with the RCIP.  

        If this was reported to the poloce by 11:00PM Sunday night, no thug would not have had the chance to disable or tun off the victim's phone.  Hear me out….

        Really, if the technology of "find my phone" works within seconds, WHY can't we rely on the RCIP and the Telecoms to have a continuity plan that goes into effect within an hour of a police report?  Come on!!!   Make this a process and a routine.  With technology and the K-9 unit, we could locate a person within hours, not days.

        Phone rings at 949-4222 GT police, report person missing, call goes out to telecom switch station (which used to have at least one night person manning it!) and procedure locate starts and reports back to RCIP exacy location…..takes about 15 minutes, and we are on what?! Tuesday?

        Please RCIP, Digicel, and LIME, let us learn from the past and forge a better future.

        My prayers are with the island and all who hope for this man.

    • Anonymous says:

      PLEASE can the police release more details? We have a much better chance of contributing if we are better informed.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who is interested in helping search for Nathan is invited to Public Beach from 5pm this evening (27th) where the Police have set up a coordination center.


    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for the information. I couldn't make it at 5pm today, how early tomorrow morning should Icome to public beach to help?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Hope he turns up!! Thats the only waycause the copsnever Finds anyone they only waits till they show up!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I got this email in work about a search this evening:


    As most people are now aware 30 year old British National Nathan Clarke has been missing since Saturday evening. Nathan works as a Teacher Assistant at Cayman Prep and is very popular member of staff with both parents an students.

    Anyone who is interested in helping search for Nathan is invited to Public Beach from 5pm this evening where the Police have set up a coordination center.

    If anyone has any information on Nathan's whereabouts they should contact the RCIP immediately.

    A flyer for your office can be downloaded from this address:

    Please pass this email onto as many friends and colleagues as you can.



    <<MISSING Nathan Clarke.docx>>

  28. noname says:

    I am praying Nathan arrives home safely. He always plays football at School with my son and is such a wonderful person. My prayers and thoughts are with his family now.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I am praying this young man is safe! As another person has said already, he is important to our children. My son adores him and he always plays football with him at School. My prayers and thoughts are with Nathan's family.

  30. Anonymous says:

    OK Guys!  This is getting totally ridiculous now!  Why can't the officials get this missing crime under control?  Calico Jacks needs to seriously think about the future of their business.


    • Anonymous says:

      get real … calico's jacks only problem is it's proximity to west bay!

    • Anonymous says:

      not sure what connection to calico jacks is… he was last seen on wb road walking towards west bay……

    • Anonymous says:

      Very sad news and I hope that he's found safe with some explanation but I don't see how the establishment a missing person was last seen at can be responsible for what happens to them after.  In that case then Deckers should have been held responsible for when Estella went missing?  That makes no sense.

    • Anonymous says:

      i understand what a hard time this is…..however to point fingers at Calico Jacks is just stupid! it could have been anywhere!

  31. Anonymous says:

    When is the next organized search? I would like to assist, but I works until 5:15pm week days.

  32. Cat says:

    You know this is extremely alarming and saddening that people can actually go missing on such a small Island such as ours, let alone 3. It's very heartbreaking. I really hope and pray that he is found alive and safe. I also hope and pray that somone's conscience will haunt them so bad that those responsible for precious Anna & Kerry-Ann's dissappeares will finally give their horrendous secrets and the where-abouts of these two woman so they can finally be laid to rest in peace.

  33. Anonymous says:

    the newly installed CCTV cameras along the seven mile strip may help trace his movements. there's a camera at yacht dr and at the firestation i believe.

    • Anonymous says:

      question is ..were they working? Remember the ones a t the dump

    • Freedom Man says:

      Do you really think those were installed to solve crimes or find missing persons?  They are only there to track and trace you…the innocent!  I'm not counting on the useless cameras…I'm hitting the street and looking everywhere!!!

  34. Anonymous says:

    What time is the search going on until and where should people turn up during the day?

  35. Florence Goring-Nozza says:

    We wish you a safe return Nathan, and I and many others are praying for your safe return. You’re important to us and our children,God Bless you.
    God is your refuge and strength and a very present help in the time of trouble.Psalm 46

  36. Anonymous says:

    I notice they have CCTV cameras installed at the junction by the old Courtyard Marriott with cameras lookimg all directions. Could these cameras not pick up Nathan if he was walking and see if maybe he was picked up? This is so sad and scary at the same time.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I have seen 3 different pictures of Nathan – all very different. This one, one with a beard and another with a cap and blond hair. Which one is the most current. Please inform the public so we know. Please also let us know if there are organised searches outside work hours. We would be happy to help. Praying for his safe return.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen four photos now of Nathan and he looks different in all of them.  How will people know who to look for if in every picture he looks like a different person

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr. Nathan Clark looks exactly like the latest picture shown.  Clean cut, tanned, and bright blue eyed.  May God help us find him.

  39. cayman stew says:

    God help us!  please… not a Third missing person. I hope he found alive and well.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Any idea where the search will be today so that we can join in?

  41. Caymanian Boat Captain says:

    Let's hope this gentleman is found safe and well for his family, friends and the country as a whole. It's terrrible enough that women are disappearing in Cayman, now it's men and next it will be our children.