American couple reported missing in Barbados after renting jet ski
A New Jersey couple who went on a jet ski ride Monday while vacationing in Barbados has not been seen or heard from since.
A concerned local vendor alerted police after Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, rented a jet ski from him on Holetown Beach around 2:30 p.m. and failed to return from their excursion at the scheduled time of 2:55 p.m., NBC News reports.
Suarez and Devil, who arrived in the Caribbean country on Saturday and planned to return home one week later, were both wearing lifejackets at the time they vanished. A subsequent search led by the nation's coast guard, police force and a group of jet ski vendors failed to locate either the couple or their watercraft.
Local authorities also confirmed that Suarez and Devil had not returned to their room at the all-inclusive Discovery Bay Hotel, in Trents, St. James.
Suarez's sister, Susanna Cruz, took to Facebook Wednesday to ask others to share news of the pair's disappearance, "especially if you have contacts in Barbados."
"My mom and I are travelling [sic] to Barbados this morning," she wrote. "We pray to arrive there to some good news about Oscar and Maggie."
The New York Post reports that Suarez is the father of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl from a previous relationship and is employed as an assistant director of dining services at a New Jersey-based company called Compass Group. Devil works as a baker and runs an Instagram where she showcases her culinary creations.
Suarez's cousin, David Monzon, told The Post the missing man's two kids have been asking for their dad since he vanished Monday.
Anyone with information on the pair's whereabouts is urged to contact the Holetown Police Station at 419-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).