The U.S. Virgin Islands charter boat captain Ryan Bane, the friend of the missing British woman Sarm Heslop, who was last seen on his boat on March 7, was not named as a suspect or person of interest in the case – but he does have a high-profile employee hired defense attorneys and refused to allow police to search his ship.
He also anchored this week and left his berth, where Heslop disappeared earlier this month and his whereabouts are unknown.
Attorney David Cattie did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment or an answer whether he knew where his client had gone. Law enforcement agencies didn’t know where he was either.
The posting photo of Bane’s 2011 domestic violence arrest. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)
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Cattie’s other clients included Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and alleged enabler Ghislaine Maxwell, as well as a ship’s captain who was acquitted of manslaughter after a crew member went overboard and drowned off the coast of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Daily reported Mail earlier.
Cattie, who lives in the Caribbean, represented Maxwell in a case involving Epstein’s estate.
Sarm Heslop, a 41-year-old British woman, has been missing since March 8.
She is currently charged with six charges on a number of charges, including child trafficking, and she has preserved her innocence.
But he also helped defend a sailboat captain in a murder case in 2019 and convinced the judge to dismiss him on technical grounds. He pointed out that his client had been charged under a law applicable to commercial captains in private sailing, according to the defendant’s home state of Maine, the Portland Press-Herald.
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Bill Smith was charged with manslaughter of a seaman in connection with the death in 2015 of a crew member who jumped overboard after a fight between the two.
David Pontius, the victim, had experienced a mental health episode and, according to witnesses, had become violent and irrational.
He reportedly went insane and accused the other crew members of kidnapping – then attacked Smith. After a brief struggle, he stepped overboard.
Smith searched for him with a searchlight unsuccessfully, but allegedly did not turn the boat.
According to the prosecutor, he did not report Pontius missing for another 24 hours, reported the Press-Herald at the time.
Heslop has been missing since March 7th or 8th. Bane called 911 around 2:30 a.m. on the 8th and reported that he had been woken up by the anchor alarm on his 47-foot catamaran and was no longer on board, according to Heslop’s local police department. The two had been seen at a local bar earlier that evening and left around 10 p.m.
After he woke up and found she was gone, he called 911. The dispatchers told him to call the U.S. Coast Guard – which he didn’t do for about 10 hours.
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Bane was not named as a suspect or person of interest in the case.
He was convicted of domestic violence about a decade ago for beating his wife after one night.
Cattie did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.