Malé, Maldives – Family of Giedre Vaskyte, 33 – a pregnant Dubai expatriate who went missing on the afternoon of February 13th after going to for a swim – have offered a sum of USD 100,000 for anyone coming forward with information about her.
According to her husband Parmar Gursharanjit Singh, they were relaxing at the pool together, at the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort where they were staying, before Vaskyte went for a quick swim in the sea, before disappearing without a trace.
Khaleej Times quoted Singh saying that “We were relaxing at the pool together and, at around 3.30pm, she said she is going for a quick swim in the sea. Never did I imagine that was the beginning of a horrific tragedy,”
It has been 10 days since the Canadian national went missing, and the Coast Guard services of the Maldivian National Defense Force (MNDF) have lead a five day search effort to find her via diving, air and sea surface searching. However no sign of the mother to be has been found yet.
Khaleej Times reported quoting Police Chief Station Inspector Aslam Mohamed, stating that, “We have strong evidence to believe she was lost in sea while trying to snorkel near the beach. We do not have any hint to think otherwise. No new evidence has surfaced. But we hope we could still find her safe and sound, although the probability gets lesser every day.”
Her family, however, believe that the matter needs to be looked into deeper, and have claimed that she may have gotten abducted by pirates, or may have gotten kidnapped, claiming that this is something “very common in the Maldives.”