October 21, 2020

Search for Nathan Clarke – one week on

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It’s now one full week since Nathan Clarke was last seen on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.

Nathan had been out with his partner and friends visiting the beach-side bar, Calico Jack’s, last Saturday night ( 25 February). He was last seen walking towards the water’s edge around 8.30pm. A few minutes later his partner and friends realised he was missing.

Despite week-long searches involving police officers, RCIPS marine vessels, a fixed wing aircraft, hundreds of civilian volunteers, divers, snorkelers, and a privately chartered helicopter, no trace of Nathan has been found.

On the night he disappeared he had a cell phone and a wallet in his possession. The cell phone was found on Wednesday afternoon, approximately 50 metres offshore from the Calico Jack’s area. His black Fossil wallet has not been found.

It is believed that Nathan may also have had a pair of black Nautica sunglasses with him. To date, these glasses  have not been found.

Hours of CCTV footage from cameras in the West Bay Road area, which runs adjacent to the beach, have been viewed. So far nothing has been seen to indicate that Nathan left the beach to go onto that road.

Tonight, Saturday 3 March, exactly one week since Nathan was last seen, officers once again attended Calico Jack’s and the adjacent beach to speak with anyone who may have been in the area  last Saturday.

Chief Inspector Richard Barrow, Area Commander for West Bay, said; “While we have had dozens of officers in that area every day in the last week, either involved in the search or interviewing people, the purpose of tonight’s visit was specifically to try and jog the memory of anyone who was there at the same time as Nathan last Saturday.”

Mr. Barrow also  commended the volunteers who have come out over the past week to help search for Nathan. “Hundreds of people have worked tirelessly alongside our officers to try and locate  Nathan, and find some answers for his family and friends,” he said. “We cannot thank the volunteers enough. Our search coordinators have been overwhelmed by the determination of those involved not to give up.”

To date,  39 police officers and 527 civilian volunteers have been involved in the search. The time spent searching since Nathan was reported missing equates to 28,000 ( twenty-eight thousand) man hours.

Nathan’s parents arrived in Grand Cayman from the UK tonight. They have been kept fully updated and informed about the progress of the search by the RCIPS since Nathan was reported missing. When they arrived on island they were met at the airport by a senior RCIPS officer who provided them with a further briefing on the search for their son.

The water search will resume on Sunday. Volunteers should report to the police command unit at 8.45am.

Further updates will be made available in due course.

 

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