Today's letter is:
Each year, there are dozens of deaths on cruise ships. Many fall overboard. A small number are murdered. Some die of natural causes. But the number of people who simply disappear without a trace while on a big cruise ship in the middle of the ocean?
Very, very low.
Amy Lynn Bradley was a 23-year-old woman from Chesterfield, Virginia.
In 1998, when she was 23, she was invited on a seven-day Caribbean vacation with her parents. Surprisingly, despite the fact that she was a swim team coach and a strong swimmer, she was apprehensive about being in the middle of the ocean. She went anyway.
This is a family photo of the Bradleys on the ship:
On the night of the 23rd, Amy's parents went to bed early while Amy and her brother stayed up late at the ship's disco. Brad last saw his sister on the balcony around 4:30 a.m. He went to bed and she stayed up.
|A Royal Caribbean balcony|
Around 5:30 a.m., as the ship arrived at the Caribbean island of Curacao, Amy's father woke. He saw Amy relaxing on the balcony and left her there while he went back to sleep.
20 minutes later, he woke up, looked out on the balcony...and she was gone.
Over the years, there have been several Amy sightings. At this point, every single sign seems to point to human trafficking.
in 2005, an anonymous email was sent to the parents with pictures of an "escort" on an adult website based in the Caribbean:
A forensic expert said the facial structure, hairline, and ear piercings made the woman in the photo a perfect match for Amy.
Alister "Yellow" Douglas, was a band member some say she was seen with around 5:45 a.m., heading back to the disco. Her brother confirmed he'd seen her dancing with him the night before.
There was never enough evidence to charge him with anything.
What do you think happened to Amy Lynn Bradley?