Selected Case Summaries

Records relating to a missing person’s investigation

Informal Resolution | 25 September 2018
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

An applicant asked for records concerning the investigation of the disappearance of a close family member. The RCIPS withheld the records arguing disclosure would affect their investigation. An internal review was not conducted within the statutory timeline, and an appeal was made to the Ombudsman.

We facilitated several meetings between the parties and as a result, the RCIPS promised to undertake regular communications with the family members. The RCIPS also disclosed some records while redacting specific personal and law enforcement information. Some records could not be disclosed until the court issued letters of administration concerning the estate of the missing person. Consequently, the appeal was closed.