AN ONLINE fundraiser has been set up to fund a reward for finding a missing Southampton woman.

Southampton resident, Sarm Heslop, has not been seen since she went missing from her American boyfriend’s £500,000 catamaran in March.

The 41-year-old was last seen off the coast of St John in the US Virgin Islands aboard the Siren Song on March 7, before she went missing in the early hours of the morning.

Sarm was reported missing by her boyfriend Ryan Bane at 2:30am on March 8, prompting the coastguard and Virgin Islands Police Department to carry out an extensive search of the ocean and shoreline.

But despite this, she has still not been found.

Daily Echo: Undated handout photo supplied by US Virgin Islands Police Department of Sarm Heslop. British police are assisting in the investigation into the disappearance of the 41-year-old woman who went missing from a catamaran in the US Virgin Islands more than

Now her “desperately worried” friends and family have launched a Crime Stoppers appeal of $5-$10,000 in reward for information leading to an arrest of anyone responsible for her disappearance.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise the £10,000 needed to cover the reward, as well as travel expenses for Sarm’s parents to travel to the US Virgin Islands and the cost of raising the profile of the campaign.

On the page, the family said: “We, as a collective, have found the generosity of the public, their time, support and effects truly overwhelming.

“We cannot put into words how thankful we are for all the support so far and we now ask for your continued generosity in generating a reward.

“In the event that we raise more than £10,000 or the Crimes Stoppers appeal is not used, we will be donating all monies raised to the following two charities which have supported us throughout our campaign, and one charity that Sarm fondly supported.”

The three charities referred to in the description are overseas crisis support charity
LBT Global, coast guard charity Coast Guard Support and the dogs and cats home, Battersea.

So far, £650 has been raised of the £10,000 total since the page was created only two days ago.

Sarm is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, of athletic build, with long dark brown hair.

She has a large, colourful tattoo on her shoulder depicting a seahorse, butterfly and flower.

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

In a post on the campaigns Facebook page, a recent post read: “We’re all so grateful for all your kind words, support and love. Thank you.”