Police appeal for witnesses

| 12/10/2008

(CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is appealing for anyone who may have seen Estella Scott-Roberts or her car, a 2007 black Ford Edge (like the car left), license plate number 129-257, after 11.30 pm on Friday night 10 October. Police said that the burned vehicle found in the Dykes in West Bay is her car, and while the body found inside has still not been identified, police said they have not been able to locate Scott-Roberts.

The investigation into the discovery of the body continues, and police said that the vehicle which is registered to Scott-Roberts has now been removed from the scene for forensic examination and the remains taken to the morgue. A forensic pathologist from the United States is expected to arrive in Cayman tomorrow Sunday, 12 October, to carry out a post mortem on Monday.

“The body in the vehicle has been very badly burned,” said Senior Investigating Officer, Chief Inspector Peter Kennett. “At this time it is not possible for us to confirm the identity of the victim.”

Police said they have not been able to locate Scott-Roberts and are appealing for sightings of her or her vehicle. She was last seen leaving Deckers Restaurant on West Bay Road sometime between 11 and 11.30 pm last night. However, nobody saw her drive from the car park.

“Somehow, Mrs Scott-Robert’s vehicle got from Deckers to the Dykes,” said Kennett. “It’s vital that we trace the last movements of her and her car and appeal for anyone who may have seen her vehicle prior to it being found this morning to come forward.”

Anyone who can assist should contact George Town police station on 949-4222 and ask for the Criminal Investigation Department or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

The police investigation began this morning after Scott-Roberts was reported missing. Her cell phone was traced to the West Bay area and a search commenced. On the request of the police, officers from the Department of Environment assisted with the search of the Dykes, due to their intimate knowledge of the area, and it was one of these officers who located the vehicle and called 911. Detectives are continuing their investigations this evening and anticipate a further update for the community and the media in the morning.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). 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:

    Yes Cayman does need to wake up.. as much as i love this country and the people here lets face it most of crimes committed in Cayman are committed by Caymanians and yet there are 2 posts on here intimating that there are too many people here on this island (true yes but i doubt if this crime was committed by an expat!!) and/or somebody may have travelled overseas to committ this crime (maybe true but i think the police will be looking a bit closer to home)

    the crimes on this island have got out of control..what do the police do here.  A crime this horrific and many others like it in the last year  would surely be solved back in the UK so what are the police doing here.. people literally do get away with murder here…

    lets all join the walk on sat for Estelle and hope that the sheer no of people saddened by her crime will prompt the police (and anybody who may be holding back info on this crime) to step forward and solve this very very quickly..

    • Anonymous says:

      We do not know whether it was committed by an expat or not. No group can be ruled out unless there is some evidence. For heaven’s sake please leave the expat vs. Caymanian sentiment out of it. We simply want to catch the guilty person. Assumptions like these only hinder investigations. Has anyone considered that this might be a professional job? That someone may have been brought in for the purpose?    

  2. Cayman Girl Abroad says:

    CAMERAS!!!! CAMERAS!!!! AND MORE CAMERAS!!!!!! Get the security cameras installed NOW!!!
    Who would’ve ever conceived such horrific crimes being commited in my beloved Cayman, say 20 years ago?? What is going on?? We are just a tiny speck on the map. I say we have too many different nationalities, too many people,  WAY too many people! You say we need them to run the businesses? We don’t need half the businesses that are there! We should’ve stayed the "Islands that time forgot"!! I feel such pity for the youngsters who will never get to know the wonderful Cayman I grew up in. I hope and pray the killer is found. How very sad for that bright young Caymanian’s family.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Ok i dont think it is about how many people we have here on the island but WHO we have here.  This murder will indeed have not been committed by an expat – this will have been some evil person who had a grudge against Estelle and the wonderful work she did here for others..  Betterprotection is what we need.. since i have been here on this island some of the crimes committed are unbelievably horrific and yet we never hear of them being solved.. what ever happened to the person(s) who killed the swiss guy.. Harder sentences need to be given and if this indeed does turn out to be somebody who Estelle helped put away bybravely standing up in a court room then i hope when they catch this person they do indeed throw away the key or better still bring back corporal punishment so nobody ever needs to worry about this person ever getting out again..  Police.. catch this person and quick… it surely cant be that difficult on an island this tiny!!

  3. Smoothee says:

     

    For the first time in thirty three years I feel like I am in a big city.

    If this killing has anything to do with Estella’s past job then we as a people are in big trouble. Immediate steps should be taken to raise the level of security and surveillance we offer persons in the justice system, especially the females.

    This event is a game changer; it is time for us to stand up. This blatant disrespect for the rule of law is no longer at our door step, it is in our house. Let it be known this was not done to Estella alone, you have done it to all good law abiding Cayman people, you have caused us great pain you have been unkind to our pride, one of our finest citizens. We as a people do not deserve this. It is time for us to rise up and stamp put unlawfulness in our islands.

    The count stands at one, are they others willing to stand-up

     

  4. Anonymous says:

    My deepest sympathy to her husband, mother and the rest of the family. 

    Am I the only one to see an irony in the fact that in the past year when we have an unprecedented large investigation Team from Scotland Yard on Island, there have been a record number of murders (most of which are unsolved) but the terms of reference of this Team has not been changed to include these?! Instead, the focus of investigations is about who said what to whom, letting off people who play the numbers, people being rude and such like!! As long as this Team is here please employ them on something productive that will make a difference in the lives of our people rather than minor league stuff!        

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am horrified to hear this. I knew Estella and her husband so it hits very close to home for me…much closer than hearing about some random drug user being killed or similar situation that I know I will never personally be exposed to! Estella was one of US!!! She was a prominent figure in the fight against abuse!! She CARED and stood in her beilef not to sit on the sidelines and think that since it wasn’t her problem there was nothing she could do. She championed a cause that she felt so strongly about!

    The authorities should also check the names of every visitor that had a return ticket on Saturday or Sunday. While I am cognizant of the ever changing morale situation in Cayman…I am loathe to think that this was perpetrated by someone here…it is just so gruesome! Especially given who it was done to! This sounds more like a crime committed by someone who was not remotely concerned about being identified – as in someone who would be leaving the island immediately. There are some sick people in this world and it is not hard to imagine someone travelling to a remote island to fulfil their perverse desires on someone. Especially a place with so many unsolved murders that are internationally reported via the web.

    Businesses take heed!! Outfit your establishments with proper lighting and cameras in your parking lots! Hire security guards to patrol these areas while your have patrons during operating hours. Safeguard your customers – ESPECIALLY  the females – or you will begin to lose business. I am a woman – I am now forced to live in fear! I will not be travelling alone at night until we know what happened to poor Estella!

    Cayman WAKE UP!! Our country is changing…we are no longer safe and secure in thinking we are protected. TAKE ACTION and let’s find a way to protect our people!!!