The family of Sarm Heslop, a British woman who went missing in the US Virgin Islands more than three weeks ago, are not giving up the search as her boyfriend, Ryan Bane, continues to resist authorities’ efforts to search the catamaran in 47 feet that she disappeared from.
“It has now been more than three weeks since Sarm has been missing. 25 days in which we are increasingly concerned as we await news,” Heslop’s family said in a statement Friday. “If we could travel we would; we just want to be on the island to help with the research and we dream of being able to wrap our arms around our darling daughter.”
Heslop was last seen in public with Bane at a restaurant at 420 in the Center on the evening of March 7.
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Bane said they returned to his boat, Siren Song, around 10 p.m. that night and woke up to find her missing at 2:30 a.m. on March 8, but friends are on the move. understand what happened after the couple left the restaurant.
“We want to know what happened after Sarm left the Cruz Bay restaurant,” one of Heslop’s best friends said in a statement Friday. “As a group of friends, we are doing all we can to help her parents and each other.”
The Virgin Islands Police Department said it had no evidence Heslop ever returned to the boat, telling the BBC that “investigators cannot confirm for sure if and when Ms Heslop boarded the Siren Song on the 7th. March”.
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Bane called the VIPD to report Heslop’s disappearance around 2:30 a.m. on March 8, but did not call the U.S. Coast Guard until nine hours later at 11:46 a.m.
The Coast Guard fined Bane for not allowing them to search the catamaran or complete a standard security check the day Heslop went missing.
“As part of the search and rescue effort, the Coast Guard came aboard the vessel to interview and gather information from the source of the report,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Neiman, a spokesperson for the USCG, said this week. “On a second occasion that afternoon, the Coast Guard boarded the vessel to perform a standard pleasure craft safety check to ensure proper equipment and compliance with applicable rules and regulations. for the type and operation of the vessel.
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Bane prevented the guards from inspecting the ship during this second encounter and did not provide the appropriate documents, according to the Coast Guard.
The US Virgin Islands Department of Justice, along with the FBI and UK authorities, are currently involved in searches and investigations.
Michael Ruiz of Fox News contributed to this report.
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