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Sarm Heslop: Mother of missing woman ‘suffering deeply’

Sarm Heslop: Mother of missing woman 'suffering deeply'

The mother of a woman who went missing from her boyfriend’s yacht off the coast of the US Virgin Islands says her repeated requests to the island’s police have gone unanswered.

Sarm Heslop, from Southampton, went missing from his boat off the coast of St. John on March 8, 2021.

Mrs Street said she was still waiting for a response to a letter she sent to the police department on October 31.

Sarm Heslop: Mother of missing woman 'suffering deeply'
Ms Heslop, who was 41 when she vanished, had been staying and working with Mr Bane, a US citizen, on the catamaran

The letter requests that CCTV footage of the couple leaving a bar on the night Ms Heslop went missing be released.

Officers from the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) showed Ms Heslop’s parents the CCTV footage when they visited the island more than eight months ago.

Mrs Street claims the video shows the couple walking to a dingy dock but being stopped by police “before seeing Sarm and Bane board his dingy.”

In her letter to the USVIPD Mrs Street said: “I would like all of it, not a shortened version shown on the day I was there on the island.

“This crucial bit of footage displays surroundings, people, actions and behaviours and information that may have been missed.

Sarm Heslop: Mother of missing woman 'suffering deeply'

Mr Bane, a US citizen, was the last person to see the former flight attendant before she vanished, leaving all her possessions including her phone, wallet and passport on board.

He reported her missing to police at 02:30 (local time) on 8 March but it was a further nine hours before he called the coastguard, shortly after 11:45.

“Myself and all of Sarm’s family and friends are suffering deeply, we all have so many unanswered questions,” Mrs Street said.

In April 2021, the island’s police force stated that detectives were unable to confirm if she was onboard the catamaran as reported by Mr Bane on 7 March.

Sarm Heslop: Mother of missing woman 'suffering deeply'

According to the Virgin Islands Police Department, Mr Bane has previously declined detectives’ requests for an interview.

A full forensic search of the catamaran was never conducted.

Ms Heslop’s friends set up a Facebook page to share information about her disappearance and continue to offer a reward of up to $10,000 (£8,328) for information.