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Taylor Casey: The family of a Chicago woman who went missing during a yoga retreat in the Bahamas fears for her safety

Taylor Casey: The family of a Chicago woman who went missing during a yoga retreat in the Bahamas fears for her safety

Taylor Casey: The family of a Chicago woman who went missing during a yoga retreat in the Bahamas fears for her safety



CNN

The family of a Chicago woman who is missing in the Bahamas says they are “deeply concerned” for the safety of the 41-year-old, who traveled to the islands for a yoga retreat.

The woman, Taylor Casey, was last seen on June 19 around Paradise Island, a small resort enclave just off the coast of New Providence, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

A missing person flyer released by police did not provide details on the circumstances of her disappearance or say whether foul play is suspected.

CNN has sought comment from police and the yoga retreat.

Now, Casey’s family is asking the public for help in finding her and urging anyone with information to contact police in the Bahamas.

“We are deeply concerned for Taylor’s safety and well-being,” Casey’s mother, Colette Seymore, said in a statement posted on a Facebook page dedicated to Casey’s whereabouts. “We love Taylor and we want her home.”

Taylor, who has practiced yoga for 15 years, went on the yoga retreat “to fulfill her long-term goal of deepening her practice,” the family said in the statement.

Seymore said she feared Casey was in danger because her daughter was “wanting to share her yoga retreat experience with others upon her return.”

“Taylor would never disappear like that,” the mother added.

In a brief conversation with CNN, Seymore said he was heading to the Bahamas on Tuesday and offered no further comment.

CNN has reached out to a family spokesperson for more information.

Casey’s family described her as “a light-skinned female, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has natural hair often covered in durag.”

The US State Department issued a Level 2 travel warning for Americans traveling to the Bahamas in January, warning them to “use extra caution” because of crime.

The advisory notes that most of the crimes occur on the islands of Grand Bahama and New Providence — the island near where Casey was reported missing. It adds that violent crime, including burglaries, armed robberies and sexual assaults, impacts both tourist and non-tourist areas.

CNN’s Carlos Suarez and Elizabeth Wolfe contributed to this report.