No evidence in Baker case

| 23/03/2012

kerran_2.jpg(CNS): The man arrested in connection with the suspected murder of Kerran (KerryAnn) Baker last November has been released from police bail conditions as there is no evidence to charge the 35-year-old man, police said Friday. However, an RCIPS spokesperson stated that the enquiry into the disappearance of the 25-year-old Jamaican nurse “remains very active” and officers recently visited Jamaica to meet with her family and officials there. Although Kerran's body has never been found, police suspect that she was murdered following her suspicious disappearance from her home in Bodden Town last July and thediscovery of her car parked close to the Pedro cliffs a few days later.

“Although no trace of Kerran has been found, the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and the findings of the enquiry team to date have led the RCIPS to treat this case as a murder,” police said Friday.

Officers leading the hunt were in Jamaica this week to provide her parents, siblings and fiancée with a comprehensive update on the progress of the investigation, the spokesperson added. During the visit officers also met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

A recent report in the Jamaican press revealed that Kerran's parents had concerns about the investigation and had approached the Jamaican government to intervene in the investigation into the suspected murder of their daughter.

Kerran's stepfather told the Jamaican Observer that the family had approached the Jamaican government to stop the investigation dying out.

So far, only one arrest has been made in the eight month long enquiry. The man who was arrested after an operation in Prospect last November has since been released from his bail conditions, police said, as, “at this stage, there is insufficient evidence to proceed” towards charges.

“Kerran's family have been made aware of the development and remain extremely supportive of the RCIPS and the determination of the enquiry team to bring this case to a successful conclusion,” the police added in the latest update about the case.

Kerran was last seen shopping at Foster's Airport supermarket on 30 July, where she was captured on CCTV. The Jamaican practice nurse was reported missing by a friend when she and other friends of Kerran’s were unable to make contact with her. When her friends gained access to her apartment, they found partially unpacked groceries and Kerran's purse on the counter. It was apparent that Kerran had been interrupted by something or someone as she was putting away the shopping and left her apartment with just her phone and car keys.

Her vehicle was discovered in Pedro St James a few days after her disappearance and the keys to the car in bushes nearby.

Anyone who has any information in relation to the disappearance of Kerran is asked to contact George Town police station on 949-4222, the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777, or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).

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  1. Raffaelle says:

    Many know the truth about this place,many have failed or refused to speak it, it appears now some have refused to also print or post it ,and as long as that continues the truth will not set us free from the tyranny & lies that unfortunately has always run thislittle place.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it is time for someone who has information about this case to strap on a pair and step up. How can you live with yourself knowing what has happened to Kerran?

  3. noname says:

    There are many murders loose among us, look at all these unsolved murders on this island and it is all because  we choose keep our mouths shut when we see something, so we are are partly responsible for letting these murders be among us.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This has to be solved!!!! Start with the week of July 16, 2011 at 12 midnight.  Then move forward to present. Damn foolishness, this can be solved!

  5. Freedom Man says:

    Clearly the police are admiting that there is a Murder loose amongst us yet if we try to protect ourselves with even harmless pepper spray We will be arrested????   When are we going to wake up and take our freedom and right to life back?  Someone please answer me!!!!

    • Questions & No Clue says:

      Freedom Man, ok, I am answering you.  First I would like to say please do not take this as a "Murderer loose amongst us", because we do not even know if the person who murdered this woman is on the island, and again if he or she was, he would not be the only one.  All societies and places have murderers, some have been caught and some have not.

      My suggestion to you is to continue be aware of those around you.  However I do feel this was an isolated case with no clues.   Still there is a God, and he watches, and knows exactly when to make his move.  Dont feel panic it is still a very peaceful Island comparing to others I have visited.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you haven’t done it yet, It ain’t likely to happen…. Ever.

    • Anonymous says:

      They might answer when all of you ANONYMOUS people stand up and show your face and name and demand answers. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Freedom Man, a pepper spray is not "harmless"  hence why it is illegal to carry one in our society.  If the public wants this changed then there are ways and means wherein a lobby for a change in the law can be made to allow pepper spray to be carried around.

      Unfortunately, I feel for every one use of pepper spray to protect a person from harm there will be ten times more use to perpetrate a crime against another.  Also, unless one is willing to tote around pepper spray like a ball and chain all day it's an ineffective protection device most of the time.  It can be safely in a woman's bag while she's being attacked!

      As a female of the general public, I ask the powers that be, please  DO NOT legalise the use of pepper sprays or stunguns, etc.

      We can take defence courses and parents can teach their kids secret ways of how to defend themselves in certain situations.  Bear in mind thatif methods of defence are too common, then the criminals will learn it too in order to know how to overpower someone, so best for each person to have their own mode of defence.

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      Difficult one to answer really.

    • Anonymous says:

      If Pepper Spray was harmless how would you protect yourself with it? Just askin.

  6. Unison says:

    There is nothing you can do without evidence. Not even should the man be called innocent, because you can't guarantee anything. This is so unfortunate and stressful to the family; especially, her parents. No answers, no leads, no closure, no Kerran Baker… just sleepless nights and no peace of mind. If she was murdered, what a cruel thing to pin on a family! 

    • Truth & Fact says:

      I would really like to know what evidence the police has to make such a statement.  Did they find a weapon, a bloody clothes or what.  How can they say it was murder without a clue.??