FBI Releases New Video Regarding Amy Lynn Bradley Who Disappeared From Rhapsody of the Seas

Amy Bradley Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the SeasThe mysterious case of cruise passenger Amy Lynn Bradley is again in the news.

Amy was traveling with her brother and parents when she disappeared 19 years ago while aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas. The ship had left Oranjestad, Aruba, and was sailing to Curaçao, in the Netherlands Antilles. On March 24, 1998, at age 23, Amy vanished.

The Bradley family was highly critical of Royal Caribbean who they faulted for the delay in responding to the incident and for what they felt was insensitivity toward their plight. Like most disappearances at sea, the cruise line's "investigation" seemed designed to protect the cruise line's image and legal interests. The FBI investigation, as usual, went no where.

Amy's disappearance in 1998 occurred six to seven years before the highly publicized cases of Merrian Carver in 2004 and George Smith IV in 2005, before the formation of the International Cruise Victims organization, and before five Congressional hearings which led to the passage of the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act of 2010. The Bradleys were fighting the cruise line largely alone.

The International Cruise Victims organization contains a story about Amy's disappearance.

The Bradley family's website is here.  

The FBI page contains this description of the case: "Amy Lynn Bradley, while on a family cruise to the Caribbean, went missing from the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line’s ship Rhapsody of the Seas. On Saturday, March 21, 1998, the vessel departed San Juan, Puerto Rico, and traveled to its first port of call, the island of Aruba. On Monday, March 23, 1998, Rhapsody of the Seas departed Aruba and was traveling in international waters to its next island port of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. During the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 24, 1998, Amy Lynn Bradley went missing. The vessel later departed Curacao and continued on to the island of St. Martin (Sint Maarten) and further traveled to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, before returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, March 28, 1998."

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of Amy Lynn Bradley and information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.

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Anonymous - July 10, 2017 10:20 PM

It's a 30 mile island. She has been spotted multiple times, descriveed perfectly including the similar tattoos and has tried to run towards help when identified. Why don't you consider act the neathelands or the governing body of the island where she was last seen. Go to the places where she had been spotted and do a man search. If she's there and has tried to get help then it's negligence on your side if you don't try and save her. Realistically if she's sold to sex trafficking then after a curtain age they will get rid of her. She's about 42. That doesn't give her much odds. Searching the island would be a similar equivalence of searching senibel island.

Stacey - August 7, 2017 3:51 AM

My opinion on this is that there should be same law enforcement everywhere on trafficking and kidnapping. The cruise ship should of rang police themselves and should of kept people on the ship until the police and fbi came done the search. Definitely should be new laws and definitely should be same law everywhere. To much of this happening everywere .

Elaine Symes - August 15, 2017 7:59 AM

I hope one day she will be found and reunited with her love ones its so sad this has happened my ❤️ Goes out to her family and friends I hope they find. Who took here and bring them to justice

Natalie - August 17, 2017 12:11 AM

Why doesn't her father visit brothels undercover in the city she's been spotted in.

Stephanie - August 21, 2017 12:34 AM

Natalie - I had the same thought!

MikeP - August 23, 2017 5:42 AM

There is an excellent summary of the whole case by Casefile, a true crime podcast. Well worth a listen and may explain to Stephanie and Natalie above what the family has been doing over the last 20 years. http://casefilepodcast.com/case-59-amy-lynn-bradley/

John - August 26, 2017 4:14 PM

The Royal Caribbean cruise line is undoubtedly connected to the sex trafficking industry. Avoid at all costs.

RJ Ross - September 15, 2017 10:14 PM

It's obvious this family has done everything possible to find their daughter. My heart goes out to them.

Charleen - September 20, 2017 10:59 PM

I think of her often. It's one thing for someone to work for themselves, but something completely different to be force and enslaved. There are so many whose lives have been stolen, used, and ruined. While not all prostitution is enslavement, most of it is. People who buy into it should re-consider what they really are participating in.

Kappy - September 21, 2017 2:00 PM

Just like on land, NEVER, under any circumstance, leave a friend with a stranger! Especially when there is alcohol involved! No matter what age you are, adhere to the buddy system ALWAYS!

Cari - October 7, 2017 1:23 PM

WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE BRING A LAWSUIT AGAINST ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES FOR NOT HOLDING PASSENGERS ON BOARD UNTIL A COMPLETE SEARCH COULD BE CONDUCTED?? I suppose because of where the ship is registered and their laws?? That was outrageous!! Because that is exactly HOW she would have been taken off that ship, away from her family!! If she has been spotted multiple times on that island, HOW IN THE WORLD HAS LAW ENFORCEMENT NOT GOTTEN HER?? FBI-- EXPLAIN!!!!!!!!!

Donna - October 8, 2017 11:28 AM

Just have to say to Kappy, you definitely must not have kids and did not see the same story I saw today. If you we paying attention you would have seen she was not a friend left with a stranger. She was last in the company of her brother around 4am and her father saw her outside his room around 5am. While I agree with a buddy system how can you have no compassion and make such a hurtful statement. Anonymous is a coward. So many judges. I pray you will never know the feeling of having a child disappear. Until you walk in a man's shoe's you don't know how you will deal with a situation until it happens to you. I pray God will convict your hearts and change your ways. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family. I can only imagine the risk involved of ruining the chances of Amy being found by getting too close. One wrong move and you may never have the chance of seeing her again. You just want to rush in and get her, but you are dealing with a country that you have to understand does not run the same as in the states although it is a part of the United States. Very dangerous territory to try and navigate. God I pray she is okay and will be coming home soon. Thank you Mike P. for your comment. God bless the family and their search and God bless Amy Lynn Bradley.

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