Kerran joins list of those who may never be found

| 06/09/2011

(CNS): Although police say that the enquiryinto what has become of Kerran (KerryAnn) Baker continues, with lines of enquiry still being followed, having been missing for more than five weeks, the young Jamaican nurse joins a short list of people that may never be found. Although the RCIPS receives hundreds of missing person reports every year, most people are located within hours or at least days of being reported missing. At present, over the last four years only Kerran and Anna Evans have been reported missing on island and have stayed missing, while five others are believed lost at sea.

However, over those same four years police have dealt with 543 reports of missing persons and in all but these seven cases the individuals have been found.

Most of those people reported missing are located within a short period but on rare occasions people stay missing and police have stated that they believe Kerran has been the victim of foul play. Although they do not know what has happened to the 25-year-old, who disappeared in the evening of Saturday 30 July from her home in Bodden Town, police have been treating the investigation in the same manner as a murder enquiry from very early on because of the circumstances that suggested Kerran had not gone missing out of choice.

Police have also stated that although they do not know what has happened to Anna Evans, who disappeared in January from the George Town landfill, the dangers in the environment where she worked suggest that she could have been the victim of an accident.

Although Kerran and Anna remain on the missing list, police have dealt with another 90 reports this year so far of people going missing. 150 people were reported missing in 2010, another 164 in 2009, and in 2008 there were 131 people reported missing, but in most cases the individuals are found within the first 24 hours of their disappearance.

Five other people who remain on the missing persons list are believed to have been lost at sea in 2009. Michelle Wood, Raynel Wood, Astor Range, Joshua Gilman, Jamie Avila all departed for a fishing trip on the morning of Sunday 10 January, and although their overturned canoe was found a few days later, the missing five have never been found.

Although police conduct searches on land and sea frequently when people are reported missing, those that remain missing are only a very small percentage, police say. Speaking at a recent briefing regarding the Kerran missing person enquiry, Chief Superintendant John Jones said that barely a week goes by without a missing person report but it is still rare for missing persons to remain that way.

Anyone who has any information on any the missing persons are asked to contact the police via the crime hotline 949 7777.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What's really going on in Cayman?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I pray that all of the missing persons on island  will be found so that the poor families can find closure one way or another. God will reveal all things in time, please families keep thefaith.

  3. noname says:

    Just like all that money  CIG has gotten but no longer knows where it went or what happened to to it for the last 6 years.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You know it’s funny because I have always said that Cayman is one of the easiest places to “make someone disappear” if you really wanted to; there are canals in everyone’s backyard, we are surrounded by deep open water, aided by strong currents and everyone either has a boat or has easy access to one! Night fishing is common and it will never take you more than 10 minutes to get to a launch spot….easy, easy.

    We feel as if we need to blame someone, anyone… and it’s easy to point fingers at the RCIP, they give us a lot of opportunity and reason to do so, but this isn’t CSI and as much pain as we feel here losing loved ones, the FBI, Scotland Yard and all these other special force units have thousands of their own missing who are never found, their own backyards where “easy” cases are never solved and overworked, underpaid officers who get just as much criticism at home as ours do here.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Two women missing in the last year – isn't someone worried that a pattern is emerging?

    • Anonymous says:

      What is the pattern – that they were both women and went missing? The circumstances of the two cases seem to be quite different.  

  6. Anonymous says:

    I hope any of Kerran's "friends" who have held anything back from the RCIPs have difficulty sleeping nights… 

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hearing these 2 stories of missing people are extremely worrisome. For the police to casually dismiss them as if they were never missing is shameful. Surely these 2 people are on record as still being missing. RCIP, you need to get help from the USA. Call in the FBI who have trained people that work solely on 'Cold Cases'. We can not wait until another person goes missing before you take this seriously. Also, I remember years ago about a boat going missing with 2 men and a young boy. I don't remember ever hearing about them being found. RCIP seems to think that the people of these islands will eventually forget the missing. As Kerran photo appears on the front page of Cayman27, so should Anna's and the other missing people.

    • Anonymous says:

      13.37 To suggest that the police are "casually dismissing"  these two missing persons cases is just absurd. They have worked extremely hard on both cases. I also know that it hurts them just as much as you and me, to think that if murder is involved, the perpetrator is walking amongst us.  If the body were slipped into the sea beyond the drop off, what, pray, can anyone do about that? Remember, it was raining the night Kerran disappeared, and potential witnesses would have been inside. Presumably the perpetrator, (if he exists) removed any traces of evidence the rain failed to destroy. We all know how to boil rice, but it's not so easy if you find you have no water, no pot and no fire.

    • Anonymous says:

      And what about the body of the person found near the cricket field? I don't remember hearing who that ended up being but I think they decided there was no fowl play.

      How about the man they found hanging a few years back? Never heard anymore about that. That was definitely fowl play but maybe written off as suicide.. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    So the police have given up on ever finding her, but it's OK because they've found lots of other people.  Apart from the other girl who went missing a few months ago.  But they're the only two.  Apart from the other five, but they don't count.

    It cannot be that hard.  People know things that they won't tell, and the police know who those people are. Cayman- and the RCIPS- need for this crime to be solved.

  9. Cynthia Watler says:

    My son Miguel Watler is missing since Monday 8th November 1993. He was last seen in Bodden town, and has never been seen since. I'm extremely sorry for theother people's families because I know how the pain feels – it's there 24/7.

    As of today, there are still no answers.




    • Anonymous says:

      How come we never heard about this?  People just don't disappear on a small Island, and if they do the public needs to be aware of this!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      so sorry for your loss and pain – as well as everyone else who has been through the same.  Will keep praying that you find out what happened to your son.

  10. Southside says:

    RCIPS has a really bad memory…

    What about JJ? He was in the year above me at school. And to my knowledge they never found him, think itmust be around 10 years since he was last seen or heard from.

    Maybe after 10 years they clear out the books?

    RCIPS is a buncha wutliss jokers!

    • Anonymous says:

      Re-read the article for clarification. The end of the first paragraph clearly states that the statistics being offered (re: the 7 people who have never been found) are in relation to the last FOUR years.

      Nowhere in the article does it say that only 7 people have gone missing and never been found in the history of the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        Still doesn't really deserve a thumbs down.

        clarification is better

        I would like to add that 10 years ago (and beyond) there were manymany many things reported to the police that were NEVER made public

    • Anonymous says:

      I don't see how anyone could have given this article about JJ a thumbs down.  This was someone's child who went missing.  never heard about this one either!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        I give it a thumbs down because I don't think that the RCIPS should be considered "jokers." There are many in the RCIPS who do get their uniform's dirty. 

  11. Missing in action says:

    Better add RCIP to the growing List of the Lost.