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Search for missing Chicago woman in Bahamas widens

Taylor Casey, 41, was last seen June 19 at a yoga retreat, police said.

The search has expanded for a Chicago woman who disappeared during a yoga retreat in the Bahamas last week, police said.

Taylor Casey, 41, was last seen June 19 on Paradise Island at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, which reported her missing the next day when she failed to show up for morning classes, the organization and police said.

The search for Casey — which has involved drones, dogs and divers — has extended beyond the immediate area of ​​the retreat to other parts of the island, Royal Bahamas Police Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings told reporters Wednesday afternoon. Investigators are also checking surveillance cameras, she said.

“Let me say that our priority is to get Taylor back… healthy,” Skippings said during the briefing.

Skippings said it was too early in the investigation to say whether foul play was suspected.

Casey's cell phone was found “in the water,” Skippings confirmed to reporters Wednesday, although she did not say where it was found due to the ongoing investigation.

Police also have Casey's diary, Skippings confirmed to ABC News on Thursday.

When asked if police had any specific leads amid the ongoing search, Skippings told ABC News they were “still investigating.”

Casey was attending a yoga certification retreat when she disappeared, the yoga retreat said. Skippings was unable to say when Casey arrived in the Bahamas for the retreat, but said it would take place over four to five weeks.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat told ABC News it is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

“The Ashram is asking anyone with information about Ms. Casey to contact local law enforcement,” the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas said in a statement Tuesday.

Casey's family traveled to the Bahamas as part of the investigation and met with police Wednesday, Skippings said.

Her mother, Colette Seymore, said Casey didn't just disappear and she was worried for her safety.

“Taylor still calls me, stays in touch with me. Taylor sent me some beautiful pictures from the Bahamas, Taylor in the ocean,” Seymore told ABC News. “We want Taylor to come home. We need Taylor in our lives. We miss Taylor. »

A State Department spokesperson told ABC News they are aware of reports of a missing U.S. citizen in the Bahamas.

“When a U.S. citizen goes missing, we work closely with local authorities in their search and share information with families whenever possible,” the spokesperson said. “The Department of State has no higher priority than the well-being and security of American citizens abroad. We stand ready to provide assistance to U.S. citizens in need and their families. »

The spokesperson said the State Department had no further comment due to privacy concerns.

ABC News' Anselm Gibbs contributed to this report.

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