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Officer suspended in Bahamas search for missing Chicago woman

It’s been almost three weeks since Chicagoan Taylor Casey disappeared from a yoga retreat in the Bahamas.

On Tuesday, the Royal Bahamas Police announced the suspension of a senior officer involved in the investigation.

The suspension of the Chief Superintendent and Officer-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigation Department came late last week because of a “disturbing voice note” circulating on social media. Officials did not elaborate on the content of the voice note, but expressed concerns that it raised questions about the integrity of the police department and its investigation into Casey’s disappearance.

Despite the suspension, the Royal Bahamas Police assured the public that the search for Casey would not be disrupted.

Casey, 41, was last seen June 19 during her yoga retreat. On June 22, a dog picked up a scent from a tent at the retreat and tracked it to the water, but the trail ended there. Two days later, Casey’s phone was found under 50 feet of water. Investigators are using divers and underwater drone technology to search the area.

“The results won’t come in overnight, but rest assured the investigation is being vigorously pursued. It won’t disappear through the back door. It won’t disappear,” said Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Police are also investigating another missing person case involving a 17-year-old who went missing more than seven weeks ago. Investigators have not indicated whether the two cases are related.

Casey’s mother, Collette Seymore, traveled to the Bahamas to meet with police and U.S. Embassy officials. She is now asking the FBI to take over the search.