October 29, 2020

UPDATE: Dead body found in GT pond – police suspect foul play – drowning confirmed/ Earl Hart murder update


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From RCIPS – Mon Nov 4 2013

On Saturday, 2 November, a forensic pathologist conducted a post mortem at the Cayman Islands Hospital. The cause of death was found to be drowning.

Enquiries continue in relation to this matter.

Detectives investigating the death of the 35-year-old man, whose body was found in a pond on Spruce Lane yesterday morning [28], have confirmed that although no formal identification has taken place as yet, they believe that the man is Patrick Williamson, also known as ‘Carlos’. Mr. Williamson was a Jamaican national who resided in Courts Road. His family members, who reside off island, have been informed and a Family Liaison Officer has been appointed.

Mr. Williamson was reported as a missing person to the RCIPS on Sunday, 27 October, just after 3pm. Initial enquiries and searches were made at that time.

His body was found at around 7am on Monday morning in a pond at a property adjacent to Courts Road, it was discovered by the land owner and the police were notified.

The cause of death has yet to be established. This will be determined by a forensic pathologist. Police are treating his death as suspicious at this time.

The deceased was last seen alive at around 3.30am on Saturday morning in the vicinity of Eastern Avenue/Courts road. He was driving a silver Toyota Corolla 145 228 and had been out to various licensed establishments – Meringue Town, Bananas and Nectar – with friends on Friday night. One of the lines of enquiry that detectives are following is that he may have been involved in an altercation at Nectar with another man on the night in question. If you were at Nectar and witnessed this, please contact the police.

Image of CarThe Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Joseph Wright, is appealing for anyone who saw Mr. Williamson or his car on Friday evening into Saturday morning to come forward. The car (photo attached) has damage to the rear nearside. Information can be passed to George Town police station 949-4222, the RCIPS tip line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477(TIPS).

Finally, the RCIPS is reminding the media of their need to be responsible in their reporting, citing the online naming of the deceased by Cayman 27, before Patrick’s next of kin had been traced and informed by RCIPS officers of his death.* The procedures adopted by RCIPS in relation to the naming of people who have died in suspicious circumstances have been put in place for good reason – that is to ensure that family members learn of the death, and the related circumstances, from official sources first – and not via media reporting. We would ask the reporters responsible to put themselves in the shoes of those family members and encourage them to stop and think before they put headlines before responsibility.

Two images attached

1  Mr. Williamson      2  Toyota Corolla 145 228

* This is why this media house would not publish the name of the deceased even though we received the same information as CITN/Cayman27.

Man Bailed – Ear Hart murder

From RCIPS Mon Nov 4

Further to our previous release in relation to the arrest of the 26-year-old man in connection with the murder of Earl Hart. Please note that the man has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

From RCIPS 30 October 2013 16:56

We can confirm that earlier this afternoon, following a police operation in the Safehaven area, a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Earl Hart.

He is currently detained in police custody.

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