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Friends Say Lack Of Information In Case Of Missing UK Woman Is 'Excruciating' Three Months After Mysterious Disappearance
“We continue to do everything in our power to keep Sarm at the forefront of people’s minds but ultimately we just want to know what has happened to her," Sarm Heslop's friends said in a statement.
It’s been three months since UK woman Sarm Heslop mysteriously vanished from the Virgin Islands and her friends are still desperate for answers.
“Sarm has now been missing for three months, and the lack of news or information is excruciating for her family and friends back home,” her friends said in a statement to Fox News. “We continue to do everything in our power to keep Sarm at the forefront of people’s minds but ultimately we just want to know what has happened to her.”
To mark the somber milestone, the 41-year-old’s loved ones also released a video sharing their anguish on a Facebook page created to help find her.
“I need you to know how awesome you are, how much I miss you and how much we all love you,” one woman says.
“We miss you Sarm. We want you back. We want to find you,” another man says as the one-minute video concludes.
Heslop was last seen at a bar and restaurant on the island of St. John around 10 p.m. on March 7 with her American boyfriend, Ryan Bane.
Just hours later, around 2:30 a.m., Bane, 44, called 911 to report that she had gone missing from his 47-foot catamaran, Fox News reports.
Virgin Islands Police instructed him to call the United States Coast Guard in case the former flight attendant had fallen overboard, but Bane waited for hours before making the cal, records show.
A spokesperson for the United States Coast Guard District 7 told Oxygen.com shortly after Heslop disappeared, that the Coast Guard did not receive the call reporting the disappearance until 11:46 a.m. on March 8.
“As part of the search and rescue effort, the Coast Guard went aboard the vessel to interview and gather information from the reporting source,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Later, the Coast Guard returned to the vessel to conduct a standard vessel safety check to ensure proper equipment and compliance with applicable rules and regulations for vessel type and operation.”
The Coast Guard searched the local shoreline and surrounding waters, but found no sign of the missing woman.
Police have said Bane retained a lawyer shortly after reporting her missing, stopped answering questions and declined to let police search his boat, according to The Evening Standard.
Toby Derima, a spokesman for the U.S. Virgins Island Police, told The Independent that authorities are still hoping to speak in more depth with Bane.
“We would like the boyfriend to cooperate with the police. We would like to ask him a few questions. We need his cooperation and for him to come forward so we can speak to him,” Derima said.
Derima told the BBC that detectives “continue to work this case, looking for clues to determine what happened to Ms Heslop.”
Anyone with information about the disappearance, is urged to contact authorities.