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The parents of the missing Briton Sarm Heslop have recounted their grief over the disappearance of their “beautiful and beloved daughter” in the Caribbean.
Peter Heslop and Brenda Street said they still had “hope of finding her alive” and would “never give up” on the search for Sarm.
They urged island authorities to ensure that “everything possible” is being done to find the missing 41-year-old former flight attendant, and thanked the people of the US Virgin Islands for their help in the search.
In a statement, the family said: “We are shocked and distressed by Sarm’s disappearance.
Sarm Heslop from Southampton was last seen on a catamaran in the US Virgin Islands.His American boyfriend Ryan Bane claims the sound of the ship’s anchor alarm woke him up in the morning next and found that Ms. Heslop was missing.
“ We would like to be reassured that the Virgin Islands authorities are doing everything possible to find her and that the investigation into the disappearance of our beautiful and beloved daughter includes an exhaustive search of the ship at the tip of her fingers.
“Our daughter is a citizen of the UK and we ask for all the support the UK authorities have to offer.
“Our thanks to the local people of St John’s [island] who continue to search for Sarm.
“We will never stop searching for Sarm and we still hope to find her safe.”
Sarm, from Southampton, was last seen aboard the 47-foot, £ 500,000 yacht Siren Song where she had been living with her American boyfriend Ryan Bane, on 7 March.
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Bane, 44, claims he was awakened by the sound of a ship’s anchor alarm at 2 a.m. the next morning and discovered that Sarm was missing.
Her best friend Andrew Baldwin said that he was completely out of line for her to disappear and revealed that all of her personal belongings had been left on the ship.
He said: ‘We have heard that Sarm’s phone, passport and all belongings were left on the ship, where she lived with her boyfriend.
‘She would not disappear without a trace.
“She’s smart and sensible, she doesn’t look like her at all, it just doesn’t make sense.”
Baldwin revealed that Virgin Islands Police Department investigators were now in possession of Sarm’s belongings, but had not yet searched the ship.
He said: ‘We understand that even now, 11 days later, the police have not searched the boat.
The 41-year-old was last seen on board the £500,000 yacht Siren Song where she had been living with her boyfriend
“ We are requesting an urgent and immediate investigation into this incident as his friends here at home are devastated and just need his disappearance to be a critical priority as there appears to be many discrepancies in the timeline of what we have heard.
“We would appeal to Ryan [Bane] to provide as much detail as possible.”
Baldwin added that many questions remained about Sarm’s movements.
He said: ‘Sarm was last seen having dinner with Ryan at a restaurant on the [island] of St John.
They returned to the ship at 10 p.m.
“ We are eager to understand what happened between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. and in the hours before the alarm was raised with the US Coast Guard at 11:46 a.m. ”
Mr Baldwin added: ‘We would like to thank the entire local community for their support in the search for Sarm both in the water and on the land. They have been so amazing, but we urge you not to give up until you find her or we have more information. ”
Sarm, who previously worked as a flight attendant for FlyBe, sailed to the Caribbean in January last year and was stranded after the Coronavirus disrupted travel to the rest of the world.
She met her American boyfriend and yacht owner Ryan Bane in July of last year.
Sarm took a job at a call center in Malta in October last year when world travel opened.
But she kept in touch with Bane who returned to the Caribbean to be with him late last year.
She is described as a 5 foot 8 inch Caucasian female with a slim build. She has a colored tattoo on her left shoulder.
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Sarm Heslop’s parents shared their grief over their daughter’s disappearance
Peter Heslop and Brenda Street said they still had ‘hope of finding her alive’
The 41-year-old was reported missing on March 8 from her by her boyfriend Ryan Bane.