‘We’ve lost her to the sea’: Pittsburgh woman missing in Mexico feared drowned
The mother of a Mount Washington woman last seen vacationing in Mexico last week believes her daughter drowned.
“Our Caley Manning is not missing. We’ve lost her to the sea,” Falcon Taylor, who identified herself on Facebook as Manning’s mother, wrote in a Nov. 19 post.
Manning, 39, and a friend were vacationing at the Mia Reef resort on Isla Mujeres when she disappeared Nov. 13, according to the Riviera Maya News.
Taylor wrote on Facebook that her daughter decided to take a swim the night she went missing.
“Caley was a very strong woman physically and always loved to swim,” she wrote. “And she loved a challenge. But she made a tragic mistake that night.”
Riviera Maya News reported that an emergency call was received at about 2 a.m. Nov. 13 indicating that a person fell into the ocean near a seawall.
“There were people who witnessed and called 911 immediately,” Taylor wrote. “There is a naval station on the island and they sent search and rescue ships. They continued to search in numerous grid formations for several days.”
Manning’s boyfriend, Patrick Smith, told Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV that he got a passport and flew to Mexico to search for her.
“She had a couple drinks, beer and a shot, went over to (the) wall, hopped on down and went for a swim,” he told WPXI. “Everyone was calling her back and she said, ‘I can swim. I can swim!’”
He told the TV station that it sounded like something Manning would do.
“She was bold, fierce, and she was fearless,” he said.
Taylor wrote that her daughter found solace in each visit to the ocean when she was growing up in Florida.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.