SARM : LAST SIGHTING IS MISSED
Power outage zapped CCTV at island bar where Brit drank with boyfriend
in St John, US Virgin
THE final movements of missing Brit Sarm Heslop were not captured on CCTV because of a power failure.
Cameras at the Caribbean bar where Sarm, 41, dined with wealthy Ryan Bane on the night of her disappearance were zapped in a power outage days earlier.
The former Flybe flight attendant has not been seen since heading back to Bane’s £500,000 catamaran in the US Virgin Islands on March 7.
Friends fear for her safety – and claim she may even have been kidnapped.
Sarm, from Southampton, and American Bane, 44, had been drinking at the 420 to Center bar in Cruz Bay. He reported her missing the next day.
Bar owner Ryan Sharkey said: “The CCTV was blown out a few days before by an electrical outage.
“I’ve only just got it replaced. We just don’t have footage of them. Police were disappointed when I told them.
“She and Ryan were at the edge of the bar, no arguing, no trouble, not that we know about. They were talking, that was it. It was about 6pm or 7pm when they came in. I think he had three beers and Sarm no more than two. They were here for about an hour-and-a-half.”
The owner of the nearby Connections Cyber Cafe says she saw Bane a few days later when he picked up a package from a PO Box at the premises. She said: “After
Sarm went missing, we were shocked when we checked our records and saw Ryan’s name and the name of the boat and realised he has a PO Box with us.
“He’s been in once since Sarm disappeared, to pick up a large parcel. I’ve no idea what it was or who it was from.
“We fear the worst for her, now it’s been more than a month since she disappeared. It’s so strange that there’s just no sign of her, no clothing that’s washed up or been found, just nothing.
“We all really feel for her family and friends. It is just so awful for them.”
Bane, who has a conviction for assaulting his ex-wife, was charged by the US Coast Guard with obstructing law enforcement agents who boarded his boat after Sarm’s disappearance.
He was handed a citation, which does not count as a criminal record, for refusing to let officers inside.
When they boarded anyway, he is believed to have stood in a doorway and told them they could not go inside.
Cops are still unable to access his boat or quiz him about Sarm.
Police spokesman Toby Derima said: “He is still here in the US Virgin Islands but I cannot reveal his exact location.
“He is still not co-operating – there has been no change.”
A Heslop family member said Bane has not made contact with Sarm’s parents, Peter and Brenda. They added: “He’s not been in touch. It’s awful.”