Man helps police with enquiry

| 20/10/2008

(CNS): Police could not offer any details on the identity or relevance of a man who is currently assisting them with the enquiry into the murder of Estella Scott-Roberts on 10 October. However, the murder investigation continues and they are now appealing for anyone who is missing a red gas canister to come forward.

“Following examination of Estella’s Ford Edge by an expert from Florida, we believe a red gas canister capable of holding five gallons could be crucial to the investigation,” said Senior Investigation Officer, DCI Peter Kennett who added that anyone who is missing one should get in touch. “This may have been stolen so anyone who has lost one, or has noticed one missing should come forward. Fishermen and boaters who might not have checked on their supplies since the murder are asked to do so now. If you have anything missing, please do get in touch,” he said.

The arson expert has also advised detectives that the flames from the vehicle would have burned at a significant height and would have been highly visible. “We need everyone to think back to that night. Where were you? Did you see fire or light coming from the Barkers area? In particular, anyone on the North Sound is likely to have had a clear view of the Barkers area and could have seen the fire or light. If you remember anything, please come forward,” added Kennett.

Police also said that on Friday, 17 October, a major operation was conducted at the location where Scott-Roberts was last seen alive, near the car park between Decker’s restaurant and Buckingham Square from around 10.30 pm to midnight. Officers stopped vehicles and walkers, handed out posters and appealed for information and sightings of Estella or her 2007, black Ford Edge.

“We hoped to jog some memories and remind people who were passing that they may have seen something significant the previous week,” said Kennett adding his thanks to all those who helped with the operation. Estella Scott-Roberts was last seen in the car park at around 11:15 pm on Friday, 10 October, and her burnt out vehicle was found in the Dykes in West Bay the following day.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police immediately on 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $125,000 USD. Any information could be crucial to this investigation.

To contact the investigation team directly, people can call: DI Kim Evans at 926-1773,  DC Wade Chase at 925-7240, DC Charmane Dalhouse at 926-3975, or DC Karl Lovell at 925-676

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think  the Police should question their own officers because if the victim was last seen at Deckers just before 11:30 and ended up in Barkers around 12:00, i’m sure they drove right thru the 10 (very hard working… officers that were conducting a road block near the fire station in West Bay. 

    Another thing, never in my life have i seen a crime scene (especially in a secluded area as the dikes) that was processed by a helicopter. For over 2 hours the chopper was about 50 feet above the area blowing away what might have been very important tire tracks, foot prints and misc. pieces of paper that might have been very valuable pieces of evidence. SMART.

    I think the RCIP should be renamed THE ROYAL CAYMAN ISLANDS POLICE FARCE instead of Force after yet another brilliant display of incompetence. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps someone should point out to the police that the best time to "jog" memories is contemporanously.  Commonsense really isn’t common.  They have NO CLUE what thay are doing and it is extremely frustrating to the public and victims’ families. 


  3. Anonymous says:

    The Police helicopter (with perhaps multi crews), for various reasons, is not here – the civillian helicopter (last time I heard) has one qualified pilot only – regrdless of how fit he may be, by law  he needs downtime (crew rest)!   


  4. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t the time to "jog the memories" be perhaps in the day or two proceeding the crime, not one week later????

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes! Where was the helicopter on this particular night?? They are always out patrolling the eastern districts, so where was it on this particular night? The helicopter should be out patrolling at least every 2 – 3 hours every night and more if necessary on weekend nights. The police should also be patrolling all of the dike roads on this island on a regular basis every night as well. Yes I know it’s costly to have the helicopter out everynight..since it’s not government owned…. But losing a life as precious as Estella’s is much more costly than fuel!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where was the helicopter at a time like this??