Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Public's help sought in case of J'can nurse who went missing in Cayman

Kerran Baker went missing in the Cayman Islands eight years ago.

Kerran Baker went missing in the Cayman Islands eight years ago.

Detectives in the Cayman Islands are appealing to anyone with information on the disappearance of Jamaica-born nurse Kerran Baker. 

The appeal comes on the eve of the disappearance of the 25-year-old eight years ago. 

Officers attached to the Serious Crime Review Team recently reactivated the investigation into Baker's disappearance and are treating it as a murder investigation.  

They are urging anyone with even the smallest piece of information to come forward. Cayman Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and charge in Baker's case.

Derek Byrne, Commissioner of Police said:  “Unsolved serious crime cases are never closed but they may not be actively investigated for a period of time if all enquiries and leads have been exhausted."

"Our Serious Crime Review Team serves the critical function of ensuring that we remain conscious of developments and pursue any new leads that emerge over time. Families like Kerran’s still suffer from not knowing what happened no matter how much time has passed, and they deserve to know.”

The facts of Baker’s disappearance are as follows:

  • On Sunday 31 July 2011 at 11:25 am, the RCIPS received a missing person’s report from a friend of Baker's, then aged 25, who lived in the Lower Valley area of Bodden Town. Baker, who was originally from Jamaica, had been living in the Cayman Islands since 2008 and was employed as a Clinical Nurse with Premier Clinical Care.
  • Baker, who was affectionately known to her friends and family as “Kerry Berry”, had been answering texts and WhatsApp messages up until 7:45 pm on Saturday, July 30. The last known images of Baker were located on the CCTV of the airport location of Foster’s Supermarket in George Town. The footage shows her entering the store around 7 pm wearing dark-coloured leggings, a dark-coloured blouse and sandals.

  • The following day, Sunday, July 31, her car, a white 1996 Honda Civic, was found opposite Pedro Castle at the perimeter of the cemetery. The vehicle was found after she had been reported missing.

  • A search carried out that day at her apartment on Arrow Drive in Bodden Town yielded forensic evidence leading investigators to believe that a struggle involving Baker had occurred at that location.

Lead investigator into the murder case, Detective Constable John Southern said: “Kerran was clearly a friendly, sociable young woman who had many friends. Her friends are still grieving her, and her parents are still devastated by her loss and seeking justice for their daughter.”

Detectives are asking anyone who may have any information about Baker's disappearance, or anything they think could be relevant about the days leading up to her disappearance, to contact Detective Constable John Southern during business hours at 649-4501 or by email John.Southern@rcips.ky.

Information can always be shared anytime by calling George Town Police Station at 949-4222 or confidentially on this website. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Cayman Crime Stoppers by calling 800-8477 or through the Submit a Tip function on the Cayman Crime Stoppers website.

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