The household of a girl lacking at a yoga resort responds to witness who broke silence after weeks

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The household of Nancy Ng, the 29-year-old who went lacking final month whereas at a yoga retreat in Guatemala, stated they had been “grateful” that one of many final individuals to see her lastly shared particulars with the media final week.

Youthful sister Nikki Ng, 27, stated her household was not ruling out the likelihood that Nancy drowned in Lake Atitlan following the account of Christina Blazek, a witness who spoke by means of a lawyer. However now they’ve extra questions than solutions, Nicky advised NBC Information.

J. Christopher Gardner, Blazek’s lawyer, stated in an interview with ABC7 in Los Angeles final Wednesday that his consumer tried to warn Nancy concerning the lake’s tough waters after they had been out paddling simply earlier than she disappeared.

Neither Blazek nor Gardner responded to NBC Information’ request for remark.

Nikki stated Blazek’s feedback by means of her lawyer are a begin to assist pinpoint Nancy’s whereabouts, however the household stated they’re hesitant to just accept the account at face worth and hope Blazek will come ahead with a press release of her personal. She stated the household has not heard again from Blazek or Gardner.

Nancy Ng poses for a photo in front of a mural in Guatemala.
Nancy Ng in Guatemala.Household photograph

“I don’t know to what extent my household can settle for this assertion if it’s not supported or confirmed by the authorities,” Nikki stated. “No matter she shares along with her lawyer, I do not suppose it is one thing he is sworn to. It might even be his interpretation of what she advised him.”

“In the end, what we would like is extra data so we will information our analysis group,” she added.

Nikki stated Nancy went lacking on October 19 throughout a “Be the Change” yoga session organized by Los Angeles teacher Eduardo Remada. I set out on a kayaking journey on Lake Atitlan. Gardner advised ABC7 that Blazek, who additionally attended the resort, “bumped into” Nancy kayaking on the lake and tried to warn her that the situations weren’t secure for swimming. In Blazek’s telling, Gardner stated Nancy ignored the warnings, obtained into the water and pushed her kayak away from herself within the course of. Blazek then stated she tried to assist get well Nancy’s boat and at these moments Nancy disappeared.

“(Blazek) saved one leg in her kayak and one leg in (Nancy’s) kayak and tried to get again to her… and obtained near her,” Gardner advised ABC7. “Then Blazek apparently misplaced the kayak once more and circled to return to get the kayak once more, and when she got here again, Ms. Ng was gone.”

Remada advised NBC Information in a textual content message that Nancy’s disappearance “burbs heavy on my coronary heart.”

“I am not prepared to talk publicly but, however I’ve been in clear communication with Nancy’s household and the authorities in Guatemala from the start,” Remada stated. “The FBI performed interviews to assist finish the Ng household relationship with which I used to be additionally absolutely prepared.”

Gardner advised ABC7 that Blazek tried to get assist and likewise cooperated with native authorities.

“She was advised she wanted to speak to the police, so she went and gave a full assertion to the Guatemalan police,” Gardner stated. “They advised her there was nothing that may very well be carried out. Apparently this lake is understood for individuals drowning in it.

NBC Information reached out to Guatemala’s Lawyer Normal’s Workplace however has not acquired a response and can’t independently confirm Blazek’s account.

The FBI stated in a press release that it’s in touch with the Guatemalan authorities and is helping within the investigation. Moreover, the company advised ABC7 they don’t seem to be conscious of any proof of a criminal offense and witnesses are cooperating. Whereas the State Division confirmed {that a} US citizen was lacking in Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan, it declined to share extra particulars concerning the case “out of privateness issues.”

However Blazek’s account raised new questions from the household and resurfaced some questions that they had for the reason that day of the accident.

“Nancy is an effective swimmer. I do not perceive how this might occur. Has she been struggling for therefore lengthy? Did Christina hear her screams or screams for assist? What is the vary?” Nikki stated. Circumstances? Did she simply disappear? Was there land close by the place she might swim? I had little or no context to what was taking place. These are the identical questions we nonetheless have at the moment.

Nikki added that they weren’t given details about Blazek’s police report, which she stated she submitted. In line with a report from the Solola District Lawyer’s Workplace, excerpts of which have been seen by NBC Information, Blazek was unable to testify when she was subpoenaed on October 20, as a result of she had already left for america.

The account comes after the household tried unsuccessfully to contact Blazek through emails, which was first seen by NBC Information on October 25 and 31. Black Wolf Helicopters, the non-public search and rescue firm employed by the household to proceed the trouble. The land printed Blazek’s title in a press launch on Nov. 13 to encourage her to use, Nikkei stated. The following day, Nikki stated her household noticed Blazek’s lawyer within the media, the primary that they had heard from her.

Gardner supplied an evidence within the interview as to why Blazek did not come ahead till weeks later.

“(Nancy’s members of the family) advised her they understood she had been by means of a traumatic expertise, however then advised her she wanted to come back ahead to assist authorities… ‘Make her come ahead,'” the lawyer advised ABC7.

However the household disagrees with Gardner’s description of their makes an attempt to contact her.

“Please assist us perceive what occurred and convey Nancy house,” the e-mail dated October 31 reads. “If you happen to fail to cooperate, we’ll pursue this matter additional.”

“I believe we expressed the urgency of this,” Nicky stated. “And I stated we’ll proceed to pursue this matter, I believe as any household would, to have interaction the authorities to get extra data. It is an energetic case. It is an open lacking individuals case, and but the one witness to this lacking individual is just not being extra forthcoming.”

“I believe that is an applicable response from a household who waited two weeks to listen to from this individual,” Nicky added.

Nicky stated Nancy’s disappearance had been devastating for the household of six.

“Once we take into consideration (the potential for) drowning, my dad takes it exhausting as a result of he taught Nancy the right way to swim,” Nikki stated. “I believe they’re taking it very exhausting, and on the similar time, they’re attempting to be sturdy for me and my brothers.”

Nikki added that the seek for Nancy, who labored with kids with particular wants within the Alhambra Unified Faculty District in Southern California, was tough for the scholars she was near as properly.

“We have had a number of mother and father of her shoppers attain out to us and simply inform us that Nancy had a particular relationship with their little one and now their little one does not perceive why Nancy is not coming again,” Nikki stated.

Because the search continues, her household hopes others will unfold the phrase about Nancy and honor her infectious spirit, Nikki stated, describing her beloved sister as a lover of the setting and animals who by no means did not reside within the second.

“She’s going to cease on the aspect of the street to select up trash or choose up a bottle for recycling. She cares a lot concerning the setting. She’s simply an indoor child on the surface. She’s going to actually dance within the rain,” Nikki stated.

Nicky stated the household will do all the pieces they’ll presently to maintain Nancy’s story alive. And this Thanksgiving, they’re going to go away her a seat on the dinner desk.

“I hold pondering, ‘What would Nancy do?’ Nikki stated by means of tears. “I do know she will not hand over when it is within the title of somebody she loves. She’s going to go above and past for that individual. So I am simply attempting to do proper by her.”

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