"We have shared our CCTV records with the police, and we hope it would facilitate the investigations into Joel Sartore's missing bag," communication and legal manager of the airport's operator PT Angkasa Pura I, Arie Ahsanurrohim stated in Badung District, Bali, Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Ngurah Rai Airport Police confirmed having retrieved records from the CCTV and are continuing to examine a blurred picture showing the face of a man, who stole the bag.
Joel Sartore, founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save rare and endangered species worldwide, was at the airport to return to the United States after staying for three weeks in Indonesia to take pictures of the endangered species.
Sumatran orangutans like this male @RHZoo play a vital role in maintaining the health of their native forests. As frugivores, these apes act as gardeners, dispersing seeds over huge areas of land, helping many tree species thrive. #orangutan #male #gardener #protector #PhotoArk pic.twitter.com/EKuJ8UcEV5
— Joel Sartore (@joelsartore) December 18, 2019
His Samsonite rolling bag was reported missing when he was waiting at the airport's public commercial zone in the International Departure Terminal.
Apart from the investigation conducted by the Police, Sartore also posted a picture of a blue hard drive on his Instagram official account @joelsartore.
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To All Friends of the Photo Ark, Last Friday night at the Bali Airport, one of my pieces of carry-on luggage was stolen, a black Samsonite rolling bag. Unfortunately, the bag contained not only my computer, cameras, and passport, but also three hard drives that were loaded with images and videos of some of the world’s rarest animals. All were filmed during the past three weeks in Indonesia, an amazing country with incredible biodiversity. All were destined to become part of the Photo Ark. I need your help now to bring these hard drives home. No questions asked. Each is blue in color, either 1 TB or 2 TB, and are made by Silicon Power. An example is shown above. If you have any information that could lead us to these missing hard drives, please contact myself, the local authorities or my friends at Asa Film in Bali, phone +62 812 9829 8109 Thank you, Joel Sartore
A post shared by Joel Sartore- Photo Ark (@joelsartore) on Dec 27, 2019 at 5:30pm PST
"[...] If you have any information that could lead us to these missing hard drives, please contact myself, the local authorities or my friends at Asa Film in Bali, phone +62 812 9829 8109," Sartore stated.
"I need your help now to bring these hard drives home. No question asked. Each is blue in color, either 1 TB or 2 TB, and are made by Silicon Power," he added.