Family members of a California woman who disappeared while practicing yoga in Guatemala have shared a terrifying final video of her kayaking from shore, and questioned local authorities’ theory that she drowned.
In a video shared with “Good Morning America,” Nancy Ng, 29, of Monterey Park can be seen smiling and waving from a kayak just before she disappeared while living near Lake Atitlan on Oct. 19.
The Guatemalan prosecutor’s office said a woman suffering from NG told authorities that they “went about two kilometers deep into the lake, where the missing woman told the witness” that “she wanted to swim.”
“And then she drowns,” prosecutors said. ABC News, Rescuers say they found his empty kayak.
However, Ng’s family denies that simple explanation for her disappearance, claiming that it took more than 24 hours and that others are keeping quiet.
“There are people within the group who saw what happened, but they did not come forward,” said Nancy’s sister, Nikki Ng. ABC News In an emotional interview. “We are racking our brains as to why they wouldn’t want to come forward and help if nothing nefarious happened.”
According to fire and rescue officials, Ng was last seen about half a mile from shore and his kayak was found empty.
The FBI has offered resources to the search, while the US State Department is monitoring the investigation and is in contact with Guatemalan authorities.
“My father…he keeps his phone with him at night,” said the missing woman’s sister.
“He’s hoping for a ransom call, you know, something that will prove that Nancy might still be alive and that she’s out there, that she’s waiting for us to find her,” she said.
Additionally, the family has also hired a private search team led by Chris Sharp, owner of Black Wolf Helicopters.
“We’ve searched 99% of the lake — that’s with helicopters, drones, boat crews,” Sharp said. He said search efforts were complicated by the terrain and lack of information.
“For me, this is now becoming a criminal investigation because the witnesses who were there at the time are not coming forward,” he said. abc 7,
Ng, a former Cal State law student and fitness enthusiast, works with special needs children in the Alhambra Unified School District and was attending a retreat for the second time with her younger sister, who enjoyed the experience and the beautiful area. Had enjoyed where she was staying. In.
“Last year, she woke up every morning to spend some time alone without the group and this year it was going to be more exciting as they had planned activities at the lake,” she said.