Authorities in Barbados have called off a search for a New Jersey couple who reportedly vanished on June 24 after renting a jet ski.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley met with friends and family of Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, on Monday, a day after concluding search efforts which involved the use of a U.S. military aircraft. The pair had arrived in Barbados on June 22 for a one-week vacation in Holetown, the New York Daily News reported.
Police said Suarez and Devil disappeared after they took to the sea with the rented jet ski. The North Jersey Record reported that an employee for the jet ski company had noticed the pair were missing after 30 minutes and contacted neighboring businesses in search of them.
Local police, Barbados Coast Guard, and U.S. Coast Guard participated in a search which extended to the Bridgetown Port but didn’t result in the couple’s or rented jet ski’s discovery.
Barbados’ Prime Minister told CNN that U.S. officials also withdrew from the weeklong search.
Suarez and Devil’s families reportedly distributed fliers on the island’s west coast and questioned beachgoers with no success.
Revealing that they hoped officials used more resources for a land search, Suarez’s sister told CNN on Friday, “We want answers.”
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[Featured image: Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil/Facebook]