American boyfriend of British girl who went lacking in US Virgin Islands will not let cops search boat: police

The search continues for a 41-year-old British girl who went lacking from a ship that was moored off the coast of the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this month, however police now say the girl’s boyfriend, an American man, has acquired a lawyer and won’t permit them to go looking the vessel. 

Sarm Heslop was final seen on the boat, which is owned and operated by Ryan Bane, on the night of March 7 after the couple went out for dinner. 

Virgin Islands police officers met with Bane round 2:30 a.m. on March 8 when he reported her lacking. Officers carried out an preliminary land search and instructed Bane to contact the U.S. Coast Guard, who did conduct a search of the vessel later that morning, in line with the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Division. 

However Virgin Islands police now say that Bane lawyered up and has not allowed them to go looking the boat since Heslop went lacking practically two weeks in the past. 

“Quickly after reporting Ms. Heslop lacking, Mr. Bane acquired the providers of an lawyer,” a spokesperson for the police division stated in a press release Friday. “Upon his lawyer’s recommendation, Mr. Bane exercised his constitutional proper to stay silent and denied officers’ requests to go looking the vessel.”

The U.S. Coast Guard didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Friday night. 

Sarm Herslop, 41, was final seen on a ship within the U.S. Virgin Islands on the night of Mar. 8. 
(Virgin Islands Police Division)


Heslop’s buddies within the United Kingdom have been pushing for police to ramp up the investigation and search Bane’s 47-foot catamaran. Andrew Baldwin, a pal of Heslop’s, stated this week that he finds it “extremely tough” to consider she fell off the boat. 

“It has been eight days since Sarm disappeared,” Baldwin instructed Fox Information Wednesday. “Eight days in, they may’ve discovered something on the boat.”

Bane’s lawyer, David Cattie, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Friday. 

Cattie beforehand stated in a press release that “Bane’s solely hope is that Sarm is discovered alive and properly.”

“Mr. Bane has spent numerous hours trying to find Sarm and can proceed to take action,” Cattie stated this week. “Ryan is devastated that Sarm is lacking.”

The Virgin Islands Police Division stated it’s persevering with the seek for Heslop, together with conducting a number of searches each day and going by means of hours of surveillance video which will make clear her disappearance. 


U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad instructed the Virgin Islands Each day Information that instantly after Heslop went lacking, they searched the “shoreline, adjoining islands, and all of the waters round and out to sea from the place the vessel was positioned,” which was about 50 yards offshore in Frank Bay. 

“We had a Coast Guard helicopter looking that afternoon and the search continued all through the night time,” Castrodad instructed the native newspaper. “Circumstances have been glorious so far as visibility, sea state, and there have been no indicators of anybody within the water.”

Anybody with details about Heslop’s disappearance ought to name 911 or the Legal Investigation Bureau within the St. Thomas / St. John District at (340) 774-2211 or within the St. Croix District at (340) 778-2211.

Fox Information’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report. 

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