Missing woman Taylor Casey’s last phone ping was in the water: family

Brian Entin, Lauren Powell and Marni Hughes

7 hours ago

(NewsNation) — The niece of Chicago woman Taylor Casey, who disappeared while attending a yoga retreat on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, says she last saw her aunt’s phone ringing in the water.

Casey was last seen on the evening of Wednesday, June 19, at the Sivananda Ashram yoga retreat, located five miles from Nassau. Her disappearance was discovered after she failed to attend classes the next morning.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat said in a statement that it had informed the US Embassy, ​​as well as Casey’s family, of the 41-year-old’s disappearance. A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department told NewsNation in an email that it was aware of information regarding the disappearance of a U.S. citizen in the Bahamas, but declined to comment further due to privacy concerns.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force is now investigating.

The Sivananda Ashram yoga retreat has been described by Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop as “otherworldly,” “idyllic” and “totally immersive.” It has gained a reputation around the world as a beautiful place to come and study yoga, as Casey did.

Taylor Casey’s family is growing increasingly concerned

Traysia Conard, Casey’s niece, said Wednesday on “NewsNation Live” that her aunt, “a nice lady,” has been doing yoga for 15 years and even went to the Bamahas in February.

“She goes on trips all the time,” Conard said. “It was an extraordinary event.”

Conard was the only family member who knew Casey’s location on the Find My iPhone app. Once she learned Casey was missing, Conard checked the app and saw she was in the water, where her aunt’s phone was Tuesday morning.

Colette Seymore, Taylor Casey’s mother, said in a statement that she believed her daughter was in danger.

“We are deeply concerned for Taylor’s safety and well-being,” Seymore said. “We love Taylor and want her to come home.

Seymore is part of a contingent heading to the Bahamas to assist with the ongoing search.

Those with information can contact the Royal Bahamas Police Force Criminal Investigation Unit at 502-9991/2 or Crime Stoppers at 328-8477.

Bahamas travel advice

Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 2 travel advisory for the Bahamas, citing high crime rates.

The majority of these crimes, according to the alert, occur on the islands of New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport).

“In Nassau, the practice has increased vigilance in the ‘Over the Hill’ neighborhood (south of Shirley Street) where gang violence has resulted in a high homicide rate primarily affecting the local population,” the alert states. “Violent crimes, such as burglaries, armed robberies and sexual assaults, occur in both tourist and non-tourist areas. Be vigilant when staying at short-term vacation rental properties where private security companies are not present. »

According to the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, retaliatory gang violence was the primary motive for the 2024 killings, which “occurred at all hours, including in broad daylight on the streets.”

However, although the US government has urged visitors to exercise more caution, Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis has refuted some of the claims. NPR reported that it responded to the notices by saying the Bahamian government was “alert, attentive and proactive in ensuring that the Bahamas remains a safe and welcoming destination.”

“The incidents described in the January 2024 U.S. Embassy Crime Alert do not reflect the overall security in the Bahamas, a total of sixteen tourist destinations and many other islands,” Davis said, noting that other tourist destinations also have a level 2 advisory.

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