After a New Jersey couple went missing almost two weeks ago, a French naval ship recovered the jet ski the couple had rented before disappearing.
Oscar Suarez, 32, and his girlfriend Magdalena Devil, 25, checked into the Discovery Bay hotel in Barbados on June 22, 2019 and were planning to leave June 29.
On Monday, June 24, the New Jersey couple rented a jet ski from a company at Holetown Beach around 2:30 p.m., but when they never returned the company first asked other jet ski companies to search for them.
After no other company reported seeing them, the company alerted local authorities.
They were officially reported missing on the following Tuesday. According to authorities, both Suarez and Devil were wearing life jackets when they were last seen.
Both the Holetown Police Department and the Barbados Coast Guard searched the Caribbean island’s coast, but they ended the search after one week.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley met with the families of the missing couple the next day, expressed her condolences and offered to pay for any travel back and forth to the island over the next year to help them find closure.
The couple’s loved ones have not given up hope yet though. Suarez’s sister Susanna Cruz and Devil’s brother started a GoFundMe campaign that will help fund travel expenses or fees for private search efforts.
Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, reached out to Susanna Cruz for comment. We will update the story if and when we hear back from her.
“Both families are committed in doing everything possible to bring Oscar and Maggie home,” the families wrote on the campaign page. “Oscar and Maggie, we love you and we pray you are safe and come home soon.”
Until Saturday, authorities hadn’t found any trace of the missing couple.
The jet ski rented by the couple was recovered almost two weeks after the couple was last seen by a French navy ship. It was found off the coast of Guadeloupe, a french-owned cluster of islands about 250 miles northwest of Barbados.
Roy Morris, press secretary to Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley, confirmed in a news release that the registration number of the found watercraft, 162H, matched the registration number of the jet ski rented out to Suarez and Devil.
“Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds have been informed of the discovery,” the release said, “and local authorities will make immediate contact with the families to inform them of the development.”
French authorities said there was no sign of the missing couple, but Barbados authorities are still investigating the couple’s disappearance.
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