The relatives of 32-year old American tourist, Oscar Suarez who, along with his 25-year old companion, Magdalena Devil, went missing in Barbados about three weeks ago, are offering a reward for Suarez’s return.
Suarez and Devil were last seen at about 3 pm on Monday June 24 riding on a Blue 2016 YAMAHA Jet Ski (#162 H) in HoleTown Beach, Barbados and have not yet been located.
Personnel from the French Navy reported to the Barbados Coast Guard that a jet ski bearing the registration number of the one that Suarez and his companion were riding, on June 24, with two American tourists aboard, was spotted off the coast of Guadeloupe.
A cousin of Suarez, Andrew Aguilar, who lives in Florida, told DNO that Suarez and his friend were planning a vacation for a bout a year now and initially were going to the Dominican Republic but at the last minute, changed their plans. With everything going on in the country [Dominican Republic] presently, he said the pair switched their destination to Barbados.
They arrived in Barbados on Saturday June 22nd and on Monday June 24th they rented a Jet ski very close to their hotel; The Discovery Bay hotel. They rented the Jet Ski at 2:34 pm, and at 2:55 pm they were reported missing.
“So ever since then they’ve been searching. We’ve been doing everything we can possibly do; Barbados been doing everything they can possibly do and we just been searching and searching. We just found out recently that I believe it was last Sunday, I don’t know the exact date, but it was broadcast that the jet ski was found just about two miles of Guadeloupe,” Anguilar told DNO.
He said he is trying to get the word out, to all the islands nearby and broadcast it to them, the people of the Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe to try and bring his cousin back.The family is hoping that the missing friends are still alive.
“There was no life jacket that was found; they were not found. I feel like in my heart he’s on land somewhere, he’s in somebody’s care or somewhere living in the forest or rain forest or somewhere they’ve found a water source,” Aguilar maintained. “They’ve found food and everyday that passes, they are suffering and so we all have hope. We want answers; we want to know what happened. We want to bring him home and we won’t stop until we bring him home no matter what it is,” he insisted.
A $100 000 reward is being offered for their return. Aguilar and his family believe that the couple may have been kidnapped. He said the reward has been put in place in case someone is out looking for ransom for the missing couple.
“There is no price on a life but we would do anything possible to bring him back, to continue our lives with him here alive. So we feel like if he was kidnapped and whoever kidnapped them [and] see the reward, they would bring them back,” Andrew explained.