News sources are reporting that a couple was found dead today aboard a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship that docked in Puerto Rico.
The local police said that the man and woman were sailing on the Ryndam and were in their 50’s and were from Cleveland, Ohio.
According to the news reports, no one is disclosing how, when or why the two people were killed.
A police officer said that blood was found in a cabin but it was unclear how the couple died. He said that "We don’t know yet whether an object was used or what the motive was."
He said the ship’s crew found the bodies when they checked on the couple after not seeing them for a while.
The FBI has taken over the investigation.
The Ryndam departed Tampa, Florida, on Sunday for a 2 week cruise in the Caribbean. The cruise ship ported in Key West on Monday and sailed at sea for 2 days before docking in San Juan today.
The AP story (based on the cruise line’s PR department) speculates that the deaths may have involved a "murder-suicide’ but there is no information released so far which supports that conclusion.
The FBI is handling the investigation at this point. The FBI generally does a terrible job investigating crimes on cruise ships. They often appear more interested in protecting the cruise lines’ reputation.
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