New Jersey couple on vacation in Barbados went on Jet Ski ride and never returned

Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil were both wearing life jackets when they went for a ride on the rented watercraft. They haven't been seen since.
Image: Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil went missing in Barbados after riding a jet ski.
Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil went missing in Barbados after riding a jet ski.Courtesy of Susanna Cruz

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By Ben Kesslen

A New Jersey couple on vacation in Barbados went missing after they set off for a Jet Ski ride.

Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, traveled to the Caribbean nation Saturday, and planned to come home a week later. On Monday, they didn't return after renting the watercraft from a local operator, according to the Royal Barbados Police.

Police on the island nation of around 270,000 people said the watercraft operator grew worried when the couple didn’t come back from their trip and contacted other operators in the area to help search for Suarez and Devil, both of whom were wearing life jackets. Their watercraft has also not been found.

The couple’s disappearance was reported to police Monday, who along with the nation's coast guard conducted an extensive search and issued a missing persons alert, police said. Authorities also looked for the couple at the Discovery Bay Hotel, where they were staying, to no avail.

On their Instagram pages, Suarez said he is "a father above all else," and Devil appears to operate a baking company.

Barbados Police are asking the public for help in the search for Suarez and Devil, and said in a statement they have been communicating with a member of Suarez’s family. Barbadian officials are working with the U.S. Embassy to keep the public and relatives of the couple updated on the situation, police said.