DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The husband of a Delray Beach woman who disappeared during a sailing trip near the Bahamas has moved with his daughter to the United Kingdom.
Lewis Bennett is under investigation by federal authorities in his wife's disappearance.
Bennett told the U.S. Coast Guard that he and his wife, Isabella Hellmann, were on their 37-foot catamaran, "Surf into Summer," on Mother's Day when it struck an unknown object, causing it to take on water. He told the Coast Guard that he abandoned the catamaran and couldn't find his wife.
He was rescued the next day from a life raft about 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas. The catamaran was later found overturned in the Florida Straits.
Bennett announced in a June 28 Facebook post that he and the couple's baby girl moved to England "to seek the comfort of my friends and family." The post has since been removed.
Hellmann's family has started a social media campaign to bring the baby back to the United States.
According to a Boca Raton police report, Bennett called police May 28 while trying to retrieve a computer, an iPad, an engagement ring and other belongings from Hellmann's sister's home.
Bennett claimed that his sister-in-law, Dayana Rodriguez, had taken the items from his home, the report said. Rodriguez denied the accusation, but Bennett said he "had the security cameras to prove it," the report said.
Another sister-in-law, Elizabeth Rodriguez, yelled at Bennett to get out and "repeatedly stated that Lewis killed her sister," the report said.
The police officer who was called to the home decided that it was best for Bennett to leave, and he did, the report said.
An investigator with the U.S. Marshals Service told police that Lewis is under investigation in his wife's disappearance, the report said.
Hellmann was a real estate agent at Signature International Real Estate in Delray Beach.