Archive for January 29th, 2011

Still no trace of Anna

Still no trace of Anna

| 29/01/2011 | 48 Comments

(CNS): Update Saturday 5:30pm – The RCIPS said that police officers and volunteers continued a search of the landfill site today (Saturday 29 January) for Anna Evans, who has been missing for two days. Periphery areas such as dyke roads to the rear of the landfill (bordering Camana Bay) and towards Industrial Park were also covered, police said. Her home address and the area surrounding her home were also searched as part of the ongoing enquiry, but as yet no trace of Anna has been found. The enquiry into her disappearance is continuing. Anyone with information which could assist in tracing Anna is asked to call the dedicated telephone number 526 0911.

On Friday police said that BBM messages circulating round the islands suggesting that the body of Anna Evans, who has been missing since mid-day yesterday, has been found are false. "These insensitive and inaccurate messages have resulted in numerous calls to Anna’s family from people asking for confirmation. The calls are obviously causing the family members some distress," a police spokesperson said.

She said the search for Anna is ongoing and that she has not been found. If there are any significant developments to report the information will be relayed through the normal channels to the media and public.

Friday evening police said that the search for at the landfill site was being scaled down and that police and volunteers would leave the site around 6:00pm that night.

Thirty-seven-year-old Anna Evans was last seen by her cousin at the George Town landfill, where they both work, sometime between 11.45am and 12 noon Thursday, 27 January,) and has not been seen since. When Anna, a director of wagons at the landfill site, did not meet up with her work colleagues at the end of her shift yesterday (around 4:30pm) they became concerned for her safety and well-being. Friends and family members conducted some local enquiries, but when it became apparent to them that no one knew where Anna was, they contacted the police at around 6:10pm last night.

At a media briefing Friday morning at the RCIPS Command Unit, which is currently located at the landfill site, Acting Superintendent Richard Barrow said that shortly after the police received the missing person report they also received a report of an ongoing disturbance at the home of the missing person in July Street. Police attended and found that her husband had been assaulted by a group of about ten people. He was taken to hospital, where he is currently detained with facial injuries. His condition is stable but Barrow stressed that, contrary to media reports, Anna’s husband has not been arrested by police.

Police have conducted various enquiries in an attempt to trace Anna, Barrow said. They are interviewing family members and friends to try and ascertain her movements over the past few days and they are working closely with staff at the landfill site to search the area where she was last seen. (Right: police officers at Anna Evans’ home in July Street Thursday night – photo by Dennie Warren Jr))

Police arrived at the site around 10:00pm Thursday night and overnight worked alongside Anna’s family, friends and around 200 volunteers to search the landfill site. Superintendent Barrow thanked those volunteerswho came out last night and said their assistance in covering a vast area of the site was invaluable.

He said the RCIPS also deployed the police helicopter to search the area, using heat seeking equipment. The search was called off around 4:00am and early Friday morning the helicopter undertook a sweep of the area.

Police were working with volunteers – Red Cross, cadets, members of the community, and many of our special constables – in a continuation of the search, and the Marine Unit would also be searching the shore areaat the rear of the landfill site, Barrow said.

So far no further sightings of Anna have been reported. She is described as 5’7 " in height, dark complexion, slim build.

When she arrived for work Thursday she was wearing blue denim jeans and a dark jacket. She was carrying a black and white handbag. On arrival at work she changed into her uniform – grey pants and a grey and orange shirt.

The RCIPS has set up a dedicated telephone number for any information regarding Anna’s disappearance. That number is 526 0911.

Updates will be provided as and when available. (Below: the scene at the dump Thursday night – photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

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CUC blast victim flown to Miami

CUC blast victim flown to Miami

| 29/01/2011 | 19 Comments

(CNS): Update Saturday 3:00pm — One of the two men injured in Friday afternoon’s explosion at CUC on Sparky Drive, George Town, 26-year-old Kurt Scott, was airlifted to Miami early Saturday morning for medical treatment. A CUC spokesperson said he remains in critical but stable condition. A CUC representative is accompanying him and his family members will be joining him later today (Saturday 29 January). A second CUC employee injured in the blast, 53-year-old Arney Ebanks, continues to be treated at the George Town hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. Both men suffered burn injuries following the explosion at around 12:30pm Friday in one of the 9 MW Diesel Generators at the North Sound plant, which damaged one engine. 

However, Grand Cayman’s power company maintains this has not affected its ability to meet customer demand.

President and CEO Richard Hew said, “The CUC family wishes both of our colleagues the very best as they recover from this incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families. I would like to thank the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Emergency Services, the staff at George Town Hospital and indeed the CUC employees and other members of the public who assisted during the emergency and who continue to provide well wishes and support to the injured and their families.”

CUC will continue to regularly monitor the condition of both employees and will provide updates as appropriate.

Investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing. (Photo below by Dennie Warren Jr)

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