October 25, 2020

The Editor Speaks: Missing and my pet hate – bloggers!


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An astounding 2,300 persons are reported missing in the USA EVERY DAY! But only a tiny fraction is from kidnappings and even less ending in murder. By the end of 2005 there were approx 110,000 persons still actively missing. This figure has remained fairly constant.

When someone goes missing here in the Cayman Islands most have been found fairly quickly but there are three mysterious missing persons recently that have shocked all of us. The very latest, 30 year old Nathan Clarke, is one of these and because Nathan is English, it has sparked world wide interest, most of course from Britain. It disappoints me that we still have persons blogging saying because Nathan is British the RCIPS will work harder at trying to solve it. Those comments are disgusting and I have nothing but contempt. Thank God they are in the minority. Nathan comes from Gloucestershire and of course the newspapers in his home town and the British media are going to be all over it. It has nothing to do with Nathan being English that our police force and the commissioner, David Baines (who is English) has authorised any preferential treatment. None has been given to this case more than the others. At the vigil for Nathan held on Sunday at the Public Beach where 150 persons attended iNews Cayman was the only local media source with a reporter present!  The police helicopter has been out of action and friends and family of Nathan have had to raise money to charter a private helicopter. K9 units from the USA were brought in to try and help search for missing person, Anna Ebanks Evans, and Jamaican nurse, Kerran Baker, received an equal amount of police attention. It matters not what nationality a person is.

These persons who think otherwise should turn their thoughts to the family and friends of the person who is missing. It is worse not to know what has happened to a loved one. Your mind can come up with the most horrific scenarios. No one wants to give up hope.

So what can we do to help find Nathan? Carry on searching is the only practical thing. There have been 500 persons and 39 police officers spending more than 28,000 man hours on the search on land and sea with even a fixed wing aircraft involved. And just like the other two cases precious little has been discovered.

This is the good thing about Cayman. In times of trouble there are plenty of persons who will volunteer their time and effort in helping, even persons they don’t know. To the person who wrote on a recent blog in another media that, “I wish the same effort was put into the search for the others that have went missing in this country in recent times,” I have to ask were you there on the search party on this one and more importantly were you there on the two others?

I expect the RCIPS were dismayed but I applaud the George Town resident who took on two of our society’s scum, masked assailants armed with a gun, in the early hours last Sunday and won. His action still got a blogging comment that “if politicians steal, why can’t we?” I expect the blogger is proud to see his stupid blog in print and get more encouragement to show off his insanity. Another blogger points out that “more crime equals more funding for police, prisons, lawyers, counsellors…and more security contracts for CCTV, security guarding etc etc.” This blogger admits he has left these Islands citing his own personal safety. He suggests, “As long as those people are profiting, nothing more will be done about the levels of crime in the Cayman Islands; that, in itself, is the biggest crime of all.” This blog may show signs of someone who has a bit of education but is just as stupid and insane as the first one. If crime isn’t stamped out, there will be little or no tourism, no one will want to come and live here and people will leave. Oh, haven’t you left because of the crime?

And I have a close friend who writes to me every week telling me to read these blogs and I will learn some ‘interesting’ facts that have never been reported. I have yet to find one ‘fact’ that has not been reported actually factual.

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