Thursday 5 December, 2019

Cayman cold case: Murder appeal launched 8 years after disappearance

Missing Kerran Baker

Missing Kerran Baker

Detectives have launched a murder appeal on the eve of the eighth anniversary of Kerran Baker's disappearance.

July 31 will mark eight years since the 25-year-old, who was living in Bodden Town, Cayman vanished. Officers attached to the Serious Crime Review Team reactivated the investigation into Kerran’s disappearance in recent months, and are treating it as a murder inquiry.  

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

  • On Sunday 31 July, 2011 at 11:25am, the RCIPS received a missing person’s report from a friend of Kerran's, then aged 25, who lived in the Lower Valley area of Bodden Town. Kerran, 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.
  • Kerran, who was affectionately known to her friends and family as “Kerry Berry”, had been answering texts and WhatsApp messages up until 7:45pm on Saturday, July 30. The last known images of Kerran were located on the CCTV of the airport location of Foster’s Supermarket in George Town. The footage shows her entering the store around 7pm 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 causing investigators to believe that a struggle involving Kerran 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 Kerran’s disappearance, or anything they think could be relevant about the days leading up to her disappearance, to contact Detective Constable John Southern during businss 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.

Cayman Crime Stoppers are also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and charge in Kerran's case. 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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