Specialist team appointed to probe death of 2 year old in Cayman Brac

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) said that after completing an internal review of the investigation into the death of two-year-old Cayman Brac child, Alissady Azalea Powell, which occurred on July 26, 2022, Commissioner of Police, Derek Byrne, has approved the commission of an independent specialist team to review the case.

Mr Byrne said, “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”. 

The RCIPS has been fortunate to secure the services of former Detective Chief Superintendent Dr. Russell Wate QPM, 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 arrive in Grand Cayman Monday, May 29, to begin his review before traveling to Cayman Brac.

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