KHOU.com from Houston, Texas reports that the parents of Kipi Holcomb do not believe that their daughter’s death on the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship was the result of foul play or that her boyfriend, Jeffrey Aaron Stultz, had anything to do with her passing.
In an article entitled "Family: No Foul Play in Carnival Cruise Ship Passenger’s Death," FBI Special Agent Shauna Dunlap is quoted as saying that the investigators haven’t found any reason to suspect foul play.
Ms. Holcomb’s family is disturbed that there is a cloud of suspicion cast over their daughter’s boyfriend, Mr. Stultz, and they want to dispel rumors that he had anything to do with the young woman’s death.
"I don’t want any suspicion cast on Aaron at all," said Sharron Holcomb. "As far as any earthly party having anything to do with her death, absolutely not."
The Holcombs also believe that Carnival mistreated Mr. Stultz aboard the cruise ship. The newspaper reports that "according to the Holcombs, once Aaron found their daughter lifeless and called for help, he was taken to what they described as a blood-stained room. They said he was locked inside and wasn’t allowed to make a phone call. ‘They treated him like he was guilty,’ said Sharron Holcomb."
The Holcombs said that while they don’t know how their daughter died, they’re confident foul play wasn’t involved.
The KHOU.com story was compiled from information from by Courtney Zubowski / 11 News, T.J. Aulds / The Daily News and John Tompkins / The (Brazosport) Facts.
In a previous article, we reported on the wildly conflicting stories surrounding Ms. Holcomb’s death in an article entitled "FBI Investigating Death of Passenger Kipi Holcomb on Carnival Ecstasy." One local newspaper reports that there were clear signs of foul play involved, but this conclusion appears questionable at this point.
A local news channel in Texas also reports "Family: No Foul Play in Cruise Ship Death" and has a number of photographs of Ms. Holcomb.
The medical examiner in Galveston will be conducting toxicology tests to arrive at a final conclusion regarding the cause of death.