Coast Guard admits it has lost the catamaran where Florida real estate broker went missing three weeks ago.
The US Coast Guard has lost the boat where a mother-of-one was last seen before she vanished three weeks ago.
Isabella Hellmann went missing from her husband Lewis Bennett’s catamaran while he was asleep below deck on May 14.
Monday, the Coast Guard confirmed with one of Hellmann’s relatives that the catamaran has sunk in more than 4,000 feet of water, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The potential crime scene where Hellmann was last seen on her Bahamas honeymoon is now gone.
The FBI has refused to respond to any inquiries except to confirm that the Coast Guard is handling the case as a ‘missing person investigation’, the Post reports.
Less than 24 hours after Hellmann disappeared, Bennett called the police claiming that his wife’s sister and mother had broken into his Boca Raton home.
He said they had stolen several items including Hellmann’s engagement ring and several electronic devices after Hellmann vanished.
It is not clear why Hellmann was not wearing her ring when she disappeared.
‘Someone has entered my property and taken some of my items. I believe it’s my sister and mother-in-law,’ Bennett was recorded as telling city dispatchers in the May 15 call, reported Palm Beach Post.
Cops agreed to meet Bennett outside the Hellmann’s family home to confront his sister-in-law and mother-in-law.
The 40-year-old, who has joint British and Australian residency, told cops he couldn’t call the officers when he arrived but agreed to meet them in 30 minutes.
When Bennett faced the family, who had not seen Hellmann for two weeks, her sister accused him of murdering his new wife.
A family friend told The Post that some of Hellmann’s loved ones say Bennett and Hellmann, 41, often argued about his desire to return to Australia with his wife and their nine-month-old daughter.
Bennett’s in-laws say they are suspicious of the way he reacted after his wife’s disappearance.
Hellmann’s sister Dayana told WPTV: ‘He was calm, he wasn’t crying or anything. When I saw him I ran to him and I hugged him and I said where is Isabella? And he said I don’t know.’