A number of different news stations are reporting that the Coriam family remains without an explanation regarding the circumstances surrounding the apparent overboard disappearance of their daughter, Rebecca, from Disney’s Wonder cruise ship last week.
The Wonder returned to port in California yesterday amidst reports that the Coriam family had flown to Los Angeles to meet the cruise ship. Newspapers are reporting that the "Royal Bahamas Police Force" had also flown to the U.S. to meet the ship as well. This is an unusual development because the Bahamian police are a separate entity from the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) which is charged with the investigation because Disney chose to flag its vessel in the Bahamas for tax purposes. We have been involved in cases where the Bahamian police will be involved in a criminal investigation when the cruise ship sails into the port of Nassau after a crime occurs on the ship and Nassau is the next port. We are not aware of police officers from the Bahamas traveling to an United States port to investigate in conjunction with investigators from the BMA.
The BMA and the cruise line are issuing the usual press statements. The BMA states that "Disney is fully cooperating," and Disney states that "we’ve been in close contact with the Coriam family, and we’re assisting them in any way we can." At the same time, the Coriam family states that Disney is not providing an explanation regarding what happened to their daughter.
The Wonder left the port in L.A. in the the early evening yesterday and has returned to its routine cruise schedule. FOX News published an article "Mystery Surrounds Disappearance of 24-Year-Old Disney Cruise Line Employee" which includes a video (below) of several passengers speculating about what happened.
It must be maddening for the family to see people talking about such circumstances, without knowing their identity and an opportunity to question the passengers and crew members directly. I have always thought that passengers should be given contact information for the family and/or an opportunity to meet with the family members at the port to discuss what they observed before they scatter across the U.S. after the cruise. At a minimum, the family should be provided with a complete list of the passengers and contact information so that they have an opportunity to conduct their own investigation. In many cases we have been involved in the witnesses with the most relevant information are not interviewed by either the cruise line or law enforcement following a disappearance or shipboard crime.
Video credit: FOX News
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