The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that the agency has lost the boat a Florida newlywed was last seen on before she went missing near the Bahamas.
Isabella Hellmann, 41, has been missing since May 15 when the 37-foot vessel she was on with her husband hit an unknown object and began to capsize. Her husband, Lewis Bennett, survived the accident and says he last saw her standing on the helm of the boat hours before the collision.
Authorities looked for Hellmann, who is from Delray Beach, for three days before the search was suspended. One week later, the FBI announced the agency had become involved in a probe into her disappearance.
The Coast Guard placed an electronic beacon on the boat, but it stopped working on May 26, the Palm Beach Post reported.
“We haven’t had track of it or seen the boat since [May 26],” Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally told the Palm Beach Post.
Coast Guard officials investigated the boat and said they found no evidence it was involved in a crash. However, the agency said the positioning of the boat prevented authorities from safely going inside for further inspection.
Hellmann’s relatives fear that her 38-year-old husband, who holds dual citizenship in the UK and Australia, has fled the country with the couple’s 9-month-old daughter, according to WPTV.
The couple had been married for three months before Hellmann vanished.