Ryan Bane, the American whose British girlfriend disappeared more than two weeks ago in the US Virgin Islands, fired a Daily Mail reporter who asked him about the case on Wednesday, saying “no comment” four times.
Jeff Jones, who helped search for Sarm Heslop, told Fox News he spotted Bane on his 47-foot catamaran, Siren Song, on Wednesday morning.
A Daily Mail reporting team followed Bane as he went ashore in a rubber dinghy around 3 p.m. and shouted questions about the couple’s last night together and why he was not allowing police to search the boat.
Bane said “no comment” four times before walking inland with his yellow Labrador.
MISSING SARM HESLOP GIRLFRIEND SPOTTED ON BOAT THE BRITISH GIRLFRIEND MISSED FROM: EYEWITNESS
The couple went for dinner on March 7 at a local restaurant before returning to the boat at around 10 p.m. Bane woke up to find that Heslop was missing at around 2:30 a.m. on March 8, so he called 911 to report his problem. disappearance. About nine hours later, at 11:46 a.m., he called the United States Coast Guard, who questioned him on the vessel and conducted a thorough search.
The Virgin Islands Police Department said shortly after Heslop’s disappearance, Bane brought in a lawyer and “exercised his constitutional right to remain silent and denied officers’ requests to search the ship.”
Bane’s friend told the Daily Mail he was upset over his girlfriend’s disappearance and worried about the VIPD’s ability to conduct “the investigation with clarity.”
“He’s worried that something could go wrong or turn the wrong way, or that they will look for something to involve him rather than the other way around,” the friend told the outlet.
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Bane was arrested in 2011 for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife when the former couple returned from a marriage in Michigan, according to Crime Online.
The FBI confirmed on Wednesday that it was assisting local authorities with the investigation.
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Her family said they were “shocked and distraught” that Heslop was missing and pressured local authorities to step up the search.
“We would like to be assured that the authorities in the Virgin Islands are doing everything possible to locate her and that the investigation into the disappearance of our beautiful and darling daughter includes a full search at the fingertips of the boat,” the family said. in a press release.