A SEARCH has been launched for a Southampton woman reported missing in the Caribbean.

Sarm Heslop went missing from a catamaran off St. John in the US Virgin Islands in the early hours of Monday.

She is described by police in the Virgin Islands as being a Caucasian female of unknown height and weight with a tattoo on her left shoulder.

The local police department is calling for the community to help trace her and is asking for any information about her disappearance.

Sarm Heslop

Sarm Heslop

As reported by the VI Free Press, Virgin Islands Police Department spokesman Toby Derima said: “Heslop was last seen on March 7 aboard the vessel Siren Song, that was moored off the coast of St. John.”

One of Sarm’s friends in the UK who did not wish to be named said “We have heard that Sarm’s phone, passport and all belongings were left on the boat, where she was living with her boyfriend.

"She would not just disappear, leaving no trace. We are asking for an urgent and thorough investigation into this incident as her friends here at home are devastated and just need her disappearance to be made a critical priority.”

They added “We would like to thank all the local community for their support in searching for Sarm both on water and land. They have been so amazing, but we urge them not to give up until she is found or we have more information.”

A Facebook page - MissingSarmHeslop - has been set up to help trace Sarm.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is urged to contact the Virgin Islands Police Department.