Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said foul play should not be ruled out as far as the search for 26-year-old French national, Marion Hermier is concerned.
His comments came while addressing a press briefing recently.
Rescue teams are in search of the young lady who was reported missing after going on a hike on the Waitukubuli National Trail, from Scotts Head in the south to Capuchin in the north.
It was also reported that Hermier had arrived in Dominica on board a French-registered vessel on February 4, 2023, and was not on the vessel when it left the island five days later.
“I think that while we are making efforts to search for the young lady here, it is difficult to search for her if we don’t know the particular area she went into hiking and I don’t think we should rule out foul play…,” Prime Minister Skerrit said.
He continued, “So I think that this yacht and the yacht captain who are now in Guadeloupe I’ve been told, or heading to Europe, should be held by the French authorities to give answers as to where the crew member has gone.”
However, the Prime Minister said his government is collaborating as it has always done on these matters on a daily basis and there has been communication throughout the last several days with the French authorities, “and whatever support we have to provide, it’s very clear Dominica [has] been providing that support.”
“We do hope and pray that she is safe somewhere and that she could be located whether in Dominica or Guadeloupe,” Skerrit stated.
Meantime, speaking on state-owned DBS Radio on Monday, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Davidson Valarie, said that rescue teams, including those from the police and fire brigade, are searching the trail for the French national, but with little success.
Here is a list of people to contact if you have information or want to volunteer for the search:
-Benjamin Barthelemi +32498778777 (who is searching on-site).
-Hervé Nizard at the Roseau Consulate in Dominica
-Camille Boyer at the French embassy
-her sister Maya Hermier: +33778071916
-her friend in Dominica Laura Neyer +590690977718