The parents of a Briton who disappeared from her boyfriend’s catamaran almost a month ago in the U.S. Virgin Islands said they “dreamed of being able to wrap our arms around our darling daughter” – as the man still refuses to let the authorities search the ship.
The mysterious saga surrounding the whereabouts of Sarm Heslop, 41, continues as authorities search for the former flight attendant, whose boyfriend Ryan Bane, 44, reported missing 10 hours after he allegedly got him noticed missing from her luxury boat Siren Song in March. 7.
“He still refuses us to get on the boat and we are still working to see what angles we can use,” police spokesman Toby Derima told The Sunday People of Bane.
Heslop’s parents Peter and Brenda from Hertfordshire in the UK have said they are desperate to travel to the Caribbean to help with research, but cannot due to coronavirus restrictions, according to the Mirror.
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“If we could travel, we would. We want to help with research and we dream of being able to wrap our arms around our darling daughter,” they said in a statement. “It has now been more than three weeks since Sarm has been missing. We know the police in the Virgin Islands are doing their best,” they added.
Police spokesman said investigators “should have probable cause” to obtain a search warrant.
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Asked what would be a probable cause, Derima replied: “I won’t go into… if we give this, people could take action to make sure we don’t get it,” according to the report.
He added that “law enforcement knows where he is – still in the US Virgin Islands.”
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Last week, it was reported that police were unsure whether Heslop had even been on the luxury ship before she went missing.
“Investigators cannot confirm for sure if and when Ms Heslop boarded the Siren Song on March 7,” the Virgin Islands Police Department said, the BBC reported.
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The U.S. Coast Guard reportedly issued a summons to Bane – a case of alleged violation – for refusing to allow law enforcement on board his ship to investigate Heslop’s disappearance.
The story was originally published in the New York Post.
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