(CMR) A child death expert and a team from the UK are expected to arrive in the Cayman Islands next week to conduct an independent review of the case of two-year-old Alissady Powell, who was found dead last July.
After completing an internal review of the investigation into the death of Alissady, Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne has approved the commission of an independent specialist team to review the case.
The child was found dead after she went missing from her Cayman Brac home. Recently her mother has said she believed little Alissady was murdered and accused the police of doing enough in their investigations.
“The police are aware of the public interest in this tragic case, none more so than in Cayman Brac. At a recent community meeting I attended there, they reiterated their desire for answers in this case. It is important we do everything we can to aid this investigation, and bringing in this specialist team is an important next step,” Mr. Byrne said.
The RCIPS said it has been fortunate to secure the services of former Detective Chief Superintendent Dr. Russell Wate QPM, who is a highly experienced child death expert. Dr. Wate will be supported by a child forensic psychologist and a forensic pathologist, also from the UK, alongside the RCIPS team involved in investigating the case. The family of Alissady has been informed of the independent review and the arrival of the specialist team.
Dr. Wate will be arriving in Grand Cayman Monday, 29 May, to begin his review before traveling to Cayman Brac.