October 21, 2020

Police Updates: Connor murder/Malaysian charged/Missing Olympic sailor now s&r


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Anthony Connor murder – Further appeal for witnesses

The officer leading the investigation into the murder of Anthony Connor is making a further appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Mr. Connor was shot in the car park of the Mango Tree Restaurant on Friday, 11 October, 2013.

Detective Inspector Kathy Marshall said, “A significant number of people have already been spoken to as part of the investigation. However we are aware that a number of people left the area prior to the arrival of the police that night. We need to speak to those people to ascertain if they have any information which could help us in this case.

“As such I am appealing directly to those people today to come forward and speak to me, or any member of my investigative team. You may think that the information you have is insignificant or trivial, but no matter what you saw or heard please let us know. Your information may be vital to the investigation.”

Anyone who has information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is urged to call the incident room on 244-3035, the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477(TIPS).

Malaysian charged and due in court

The 37-year-old Malaysian national who was arrested last Saturday (19) has now been charged and is due in court.

He is charged with one count of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one count of attempting to obtain a money transfer by deception.

The arrest follows information received that the male had attempted to obtain high value goods from a number of retail premises in the centre of George Town today.

Following observations in the Harbour Drive area of George Town, the male was detained following a short foot chase.

It is too early to say if this arrest has any connection to the previous two Malaysian males arrested recently in similar circumstances.

Search and rescue – now a search and recovery (s&r)

The officer coordinating the extensive air, land and sea search for missing sailor Mark Clarke has confirmed that the operation has now entered a search and recovery phase.

Inspector Ian Yearwood, the RCIPS Marine Commander, said “We know that Mr. Clarke left to go fishing on his own on Monday morning around 7am and it wasn’t unusual for him to spend a few days at sea.

“It’s now been two days since his sailboat was found on the reef and despite a widespread air, land and sea search no trace of Mr. Clarke has been found. We spoke with his family last night and advised them that we believed it was now extremely unlikely that he would be found alive. As such, the police operation has now moved into a search and recovery phase. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

“We would like to thank the members of the public who assisted us with the search which covered an area of 79 miles.”

The Joint Marine Unit, RCIPS Air Operations Unit, DOE, and a number of private boaters took part in the search for Mr. Clarke. Shoreline searches are taking place today from Kaibo towards Old Man Bay.

Anyone who saw Mr. Clarke or his sailboat between 7.00am on Monday and 10.00am on Tuesday is asked to contact Sergeant Richard Scott on 325 8092.

Related story

Cayman police search for missing Olympic sailor

By David Mcfadden From WTOP

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — An elite sailor who represented the wealthy British territory of the Cayman Islands in two Olympics and won numerous national championships was missing at sea Thursday and officials said they were losing hope of finding him alive.

Mark Clarke went fishing early Monday and his unmanned 25-foot (7.6-meter) sailboat was found lodged on a northern reef off the island of Grand Cayman the next day, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said. He sailed for the Caribbean territory at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992 and the U.S. city of Atlanta in 1996.

Marine Commander Ian Yearwood said authorities were still looking for the 63-year-old sailor but they had told his family they believed it “extremely unlikely that he would be found alive.”

Police marine and air units scoured swaths of the Caribbean, and numerous private boat owners also searched. Land-based teams checked the shore.

“Despite a widespread air, land and sea search, no trace of Mr. Clarke has been found,” said Yearwood, who was once a colleague of the missing man when he was employed with the three-island territory’s police force.

Donald McLean, president of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee and one of Clarke’s Olympic teammates, said the weather and marine conditions were good when he disappeared.

“Everyone’s been very much in a state of shock since his disappearance. He is a very passionate, extremely competent sailor,” McLean said in phone interview.

Clarke had recently purchased his sailboat, “Badger,” in Florida and sailed it back to the Cayman Islands, McLean said.

The Cayman Islands are about 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Cuba.

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