George Town man still missing but seen this month

| 24/01/2019 | 47 Comments
Cayman News Service

Missing man Eral Keith Whitely (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS) UPDATED THURSDAY: Following a press release from the RCIPS Wednesday that revealed Eral Keith Whitely (72) from George Town had not been seen since around Christmas Day and had been reported missing Tuesday, 22 January, the police have since learned that he was last seen about two weeks ago in the Dump Road area of George Town. Whitley’s whereabouts are still unknown and officers are conducting a missing person inquiry. They are asking for the public’s assistance as they are very concerned for his welfare and believe he had been sleeping in abandoned vehicles.

He is described as being of slim build, dark complexion, about 5’ 10” and is bald. He typically wears baseball caps and glasses, a white t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.

Originally police believed the last sighting of Whitely was around 25 December in the area of Brushy Avenue off Godfrey Nixon Way, George Town. Police said it was in this area that they understood he had been using the cars as a place to rest.

Police are urging anyone with information about where Whitely might be or who believe they may have seen him in the last few weeks to contact the George Town Police Station at 949-4222.

Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or website. Tips can also be submitted anonymously via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online.

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  1. Chris Mcfield says:

    To all who are concerned I’m a family memeber who lives off island we weren’t aware of him being missing and/or sleeping in abandoned cars until just a few days ago. Keith senior was living alone doing his own thing and usually doesn’t stay in contact for long periods of time, so we especially those living on the island didn’t think anything of it.
    We appreciate everyone for your concerns and any info you can help with. All those who know us in cayman knows we are a loving family and if he had reached out to us we would have surely given him shelter. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Colour matters.

    When Nathan went missing the CNS readership (and many of Cayman’s residents) was crawling out of the woodwork and hitting the ground running to assist in the search.

    • Anonymous says:

      Friends matter. People rallied together because they knew him and wanted to help. I suggest you look at all these people who are friends and family who haven’t gotten off their rear ends to organize anything busy called the police like 20 days later. Wow! But blame race on everything. Get over yourself.

      • Anonymous says:


        Plus, did you hear or read such hateful and callous remarks at the time of Nathan’s disappearance…a young and healthy man that recklessly drank himself beyond the point of control and carried himself into the sea?

        No, you did not.

        However, when this elderly man who has reportedly been recently made homeless goes missing the common responses are;
        Is he Caymanian?
        We should send people like him home.
        He is a Yardie.
        Why is he on island with no work?

        Interestingly, Nathan WAS a foreigner however, I reiterate, we did not witness such despicable behaviour from the general public.

        Again, colour matters. Race matters.

        I don’t need to get over myself but you need to learn YOURself.

        • Anonymous says:

          It’s funny you still blame race when caymanians are saying the hateful things. Redirect your anger bro.

          • Anonymous says:

            Redirect? Kindly advise as to whom my anger is directed?
            (Guilty conscience perhaps?)

            It matters NOT who is saying the hateful / racist things – you idiot.

            Anyway, back to this case;
            Where are the hundreds of altruistic volunteers to help look for Mr. Whitely that were out in a flash…boats, scuba gear et al, to look for Nathan?

            However, according to you, the absence thereof as well as the disparity of callous disregard on display for this elderly man’s life, on this same platform, are just simple coincidences.

            Ok then.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have never seen so much misguided comments and questions on an issue. Before you all make your unfounded, inaccurate comments, please carry out a thorough research. Just one example, based on my research it was confirmed that only few people knew that he was sleeping in a car. As a result, if his immediate family doesn’t know how can they help. This man was working and last seen with cash that he could take care of himself. It is possible that it could be foul play.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Maybe he decided to to take a canoe home?

    • Anonymous says:

      Is this the guy with the really skinny legs who rides a bicycle? If so, I saw him on Wednesday riding near Jacques Scott main store

  5. Social Observer says:

    It may come as a surprise to some posters but this unfortunate gentleman’s circumstances are by no means unique.
    There are the young man with a tattoo and older man with deformed foot who hang around Subway at Anderson Square; the lady with multiple bags who manoeuvres between On-the-Run in industrial park and airport Fosters’ just to name the most prominent ones.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You stupid people think Government should support everyone that comes here that can’t support themselves, and at the same time complains about the high cost of living, don’t you know that.s are part of the high cost of living, when Govt. has to give/support people. everyone on work permit out of work should be sent home. The Cubans on hunger strike give them food and if they don,t want to eat it, that’s
    fine, send them back to Cuba and let them go on hunger strike there. We Caymanians are sick and tired of supporting foreigners.

    • Anonymous says:

      These are not people that have come here looking support. These are your born citizens that you people call Caymanians.
      Prove to me that he is a Paper Caymanian!!!!!

    • Jotnar says:

      Cayman kind. You should be ashamed of yourself. Have some Christian compassion.

  7. Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanian My Butt!! Not with that name . Can see he is a Yardie and why is he sleepimg in abandoned cars if he is LEGAL here

      • Anonymous says:

        You need not look any further than dog city or monkey town to find Caymanians who look just like this man and even darker. Poor you.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m guessing you are one of those lighter skinned Caymanians that believe you’re actually white lmfao. You people stroke your own egos way too much.

      • Chris M. says:

        You need to have some respect. He’s been there since 1972 and just fallen unto hard times and didn’t let anyone know his situation. So stop being an ignorant person.

    • Anonymous says:


  8. Anonymous says:

    When there is no employment these people should return to their homeland , and if they have cayman status then ,,,,,

    • Anonymous says:

      Typical christian caymanian remark.

      • Anonymous says:

        To 6:59 I am a Christian ,but I’ve seen expats here on work permit and they have no work , now you tell me how they survive ? And if he has status then the gov will assist . On the other hand status grants should / or are not issued to people who are not able to take care of themselves ,or unless otherwise connected to family or marriage .

        • Anonymous says:

          Sorry to remind you but immigration is a mess in it self. Clearly this department has failed us.

      • Anonymous says:


        • Anonymous says:

          So I take it that the last two critics approve and encourage illegal migration then ? Any logic minded person could see that 10:31’s comment was very fair and unbiased.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, considering that this 80’s baby grew up alongside this elderly man’s offspring, with matching name and physical features, (I am not certain if child or grandchild) – you really ought to check your prejudice and hollow heart.

      Quite disgusting to make such a remark at a time like this.

      This man clearly has roots in our community – not that it even matters.

      – Whodatis

      *Still hoping to hear some good news. My thoughts go out to his family.

      • Anonymous says:

        Once you are black (dark skin tone), Caymanian’s assume you are a Jamaican living here illegally and should have gone missing in Jamaica instead.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ship liability to its homeland, we have too many of our own to waste on.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes!!! We need some serious immigration screening to weed out these people…And even if they have status or PR they also need to be gone, if they cannot support themselves.

  9. Anonymous says:

    He slept in abandoned cars??. Where does he spend his days?. Does he have family? Shameful to the core.

    • Anonymous says:

      5:30 pm, that’s what this rock has accepted. Their are many more dodging over the island, dome reeking havoc as well. Shouldn’t we be concerned?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hoping for a positive outcome.

    – Who

  11. Anonymous says:

    “Whitely was believed to have been sleeping in abandoned vehicles” gosh at his age or any age for that matter I cannot imagine what he must be going through. I hope he is found and in good health.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Govt over budget on the airport job by 20% and it’s no big deal while our senior citizens are sleeping rough in abandoned cars.

    I hope he’s okay.

    • Anonymous says:

      The poor Cayman Island Government cannot support the entire world.

      • Anonymous says:

        Nope, just their Lodge buddies.

      • Anonymous says:

        They could start with indigent 72 year old’s living here. Assuming given his age this is not someone who jumped off a canoe, or overstayed his work permit.

    • Anonymous says:

      So do I plus I really hope you have a pension plan and are paying EXTRA into it each month. Otherwise this could very well be you in years to come.

      • Anonymous says:

        Family members need to start stepping up and caring for their elderly. My aunt took care of my grandparents and her disabled brother. My father supported them all financially. I took out a loan to help my father pay his bills when he fell short.

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