No evidence in Baker case
(CNS): The man arrested in connection with the suspected murder of Kerran (KerryAnn) Baker last November has been released from police bail conditions as there is no evidence to charge the 35-year-old man, police said Friday. However, an RCIPS spokesperson stated that the enquiry into the disappearance of the 25-year-old Jamaican nurse “remains very active” and officers recently visited Jamaica to meet with her family and officials there. Although Kerran's body has never been found, police suspect that she was murdered following her suspicious disappearance from her home in Bodden Town last July and the discovery of her car parked close to the Pedro cliffs a few days later.
“Although no trace of Kerran has been found, the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and the findings of the enquiry team to date have led the RCIPS to treat this case as a murder,” police said Friday.
Officers leading the hunt were in Jamaica this week to provide her parents, siblings and fiancée with a comprehensive update on the progress of the investigation, the spokesperson added. During the visit officers also met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
A recent report in the Jamaican press revealed that Kerran's parents had concerns about the investigation and had approached the Jamaican government to intervene in the investigation into the suspected murder of their daughter.
Kerran's stepfather told the Jamaican Observer that the family had approached the Jamaican government to stop the investigation dying out.
So far, only one arrest has been made in the eight month long enquiry. The man who was arrested after an operation in Prospect last November has since been released from his bail conditions, police said, as, “at this stage, there is insufficient evidence to proceed” towards charges.
“Kerran's family have been made aware of the development and remain extremely supportive of the RCIPS and the determination of the enquiry team to bring this case to a successful conclusion,” the police added in the latest update about the case.
Kerran was last seen shopping at Foster's Airport supermarket on 30 July, where she was captured on CCTV. The Jamaican practice nurse was reported missing by a friend when she and other friends of Kerran’s were unable to make contact with her. When her friends gained access to her apartment, they found partially unpacked groceries and Kerran's purse on the counter. It was apparent that Kerran had been interrupted by something or someone as she was putting away the shopping and left her apartment with just her phone and car keys.
Her vehicle was discovered in Pedro St James a few days after her disappearance and the keys to the car in bushes nearby.
Anyone who has any information in relation to the disappearance of Kerran is asked to contact George Town police station on 949-4222, the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777, or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).
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