Reward out for iguana killersMay 8th, 2008 | By admin | Category: Blues in the Local Press
Reward out for iguana killers
Cayman Net News Online
Published on Thursday, May 8, 2008
Stuart Bostock, Cayman Crime Stoppers Chairman
Following the brutal slaughter of six Grand Cayman blue iguanas at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Grand Cayman last Saturday, Cayman Crime Stoppers is partnering with the National Trust and the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme to find the suspects of this crime.
“Anyone with information regarding the crime is urged to call the Cayman Crime Stoppers tips line (800 TIPS / 800 8477). Calls to this number are answered overseas and callers’ personal details are never requested so absolute anonymity can be guaranteed. Information leading to an arrest could lead to a reward which is expected to be in excess of CI$10,000,” a press release from Cayman Crime Stoppers said on Tuesday.
“We are truly appreciative of the overwhelming response from the community with regard to offering rewards. The National Trust has entered into an agreement with Cayman Crime Stoppers to handle our public appeal for information,” Caroline Key, Development and Marketing Manager of the National Trust, said.
“We are hoping that the National Trust reward will be around $10,000, so we are gratefully receiving all pledges of financial support at the National Trust.”
Ms Key also pointed out that, “Although the National Trust will be facilitating the reward, we are advising our supporters that, in the interests of keeping a consistent message, Cayman Crime Stoppers will handle the production of all communications and promotional material relating to the appeal for information and payment of any rewards.” Ms Key at the National Trust can be contacted by telephone at 949-0121 should anyone wish to contribute to their efforts.
“The public outrage following this atrocity has stimulated many generous reward offers from individuals and organizations wanting to help. Cayman Crime Stoppers is advising the public that all offers of financial support for this particular appeal must be directed to the National Trust and Ms Key in particular,” Stuart Bostock, Cayman Crime Stoppers Chairman, said.
“However, information about the crime should be submitted to the Cayman Crime Stoppers tips line in Miami on 800 8477. Our Board has also approved a CI$1,000 reward payment in the event that information received via TIPS leads to an arrest. This means that the total reward being offered for this particular incident could be as much as CI$11,000.”
The six executed Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas belong to a critically endangered species, which makes this a very serious crime. The gruesome nature of their injuries suggested that they were violently tortured before being killed. It is thought that the perpetrators may have broken into the park after closing hours, and found a way into the breeding facility. Their motives remain unclear.
Additional information on the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme and the community support will be issued by the National Trust and investigation updates will be issued at the appropriate times by the Royal Cayman Islands Police.