Friday, April 29, 2016

Y Is for Ylenia Carrisi

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:



Ylenia Carrisi was the daughter of two Italian singers and actors. When she was 13, she appeared in this movie with her parents:



As she reached adulthood, she starred as the letter turner on the Italian version of Wheel of Fortune.



However, her real dream was to be a novelist. She attended King's College London, where she studied literature. While studying, she decided she wanted to travel the world.



Ylenia sold everything she had and traveled to South America. On the day after Christmas, 1993, she left for New Orleans.



A week later, Ylenia disappeared, leaving behind her passport and some luggage. She was last seen in the French Quarter early in January. She was staying at this hotel with a street musician who was 20 years older than her.



On January 6th at 11 p.m., a woman jumped into the river near the Aquarium of the Americas. A man said she looked at him, said, "I belong in the water," and jumped. She swam for about 100 yards but a barge came by, making waves. She screamed and disappeared.


Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans

The drowned woman's body was never found.

Do you believe Ylenia Carrisi drowned? Or is there another explanation for her disappearance?

⬅️ X Is for X Marks the Spot

41 comments:

  1. If she was high on something, that would explain why she jumped in the river. Sadly, that was probably her.

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    1. Yes, probably drugs. I for some reason hadn't even thought about that!

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  2. Makes you wonder what all was going on in her life. Sounds like there were troubles there of some kind.

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    1. Or she just fell in with a bad person...

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  3. I agree with Alex above - it sounds like she may have taken something and jumped. So sad.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Yes, such a loss. I'm not sure what would have possessed her to go to New Orleans alone anyway. I could see moving to Paris or London or New York City to "find yourself," but New Orleans?

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  4. Oh boy....sounds like that was her and Alex might be right since she thought she could swim in that. Either way, she is dead

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  5. I agree with those who think it sounds like she took something before jumping.

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  6. That is a strange story. Sad ending to promising life.

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  7. Now that sounds like an odd ending - sounds like she was having delusions, if that was her jumping into the water.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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  8. I don't believe she drowned

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  9. I don't believe she drowned

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  10. There's no way to say categorically that was her without the body being found - there's not even evidence that the woman in question didn't manage to get control and get back out of the river. I do wonder what happened to her though, she obviously didn't come back for her belongings
    Debbie

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  11. Sounds like some schizophrenic ideation. It could have been her. Some of the erratic moving also sounds like schizophrenia or even bipolar disorder. A tragedy nonetheless, she could be living under a bridge somewhere.
    The man's report could be correct, could be made up. No one will ever know. However, bodies usually make their way back up.

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  12. I have no idea, but you've done an incredible job of collecting stories. Your A-Z post would be a gold mine for someone wanting to write horror or mysteries.

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  13. New Orleans has its voodoo vibe. A mystery death is plausible. Shame. She certainly had a bright future

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  14. Another unexplained tragedy. Without the body, though, they can't be sure who it was that jumped into the water. If it was Ylenia, she clearly had problems. Great mystery.

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  15. Yikes, I've not heard of this story before. I'm not sure if it was her that jumped, but who knows. It appears no one will ever know for sure.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  16. Don't know if it was the same woman, but that poor woman who jumped sounds like she was high or having mental health issues.

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  17. Sounds like she was on drugs. Still, I wonder if the man she was staying with was ever questioned about her disappearance. Odd that her body was never recovered.

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  18. Wow if that was her that is a sad end to a promising life!

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  19. Weird. Wonder if that jumper was her? And where did that body go?

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  20. Certainly the man she stayed with should have been a person of interest. The woman who jumped into the water could have been anyone - or a fabricated story to lead away from what really happened. Sadly, something bad does seem to have happened to her.

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  21. Oh dear. I think the boat got her. The life she could have had... she was obviously talented. Big shame. Thanks for the story Stephanie.

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  22. Wow. This is an interesting one, Stephanie. I'm sorry I haven't been keeping up with your A-Z :( I was recently in NOLA and walked all over the French Quarter alone (in the day time) and felt safe. Had I heard this unsolved mystery, I may have been a little jumpy. The woman jumping in the water sounds like a myth or a made up story perhaps to throw off the investigation.

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  23. No telling what was going on with her. New Orleans is a fascinating place and I'm going back there in May. Voodoo is pretty visible there, so I wonder if she might have come in contact with some folks who pulled some black magic on her and made her kill herself.

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  24. I cannot imagine the pain of not knowing where your loved one is. She does sound like she was a troubled girl.

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  25. Reading the other comments, it does sound like she was on something and then jumped. A real shame.

    Cheers - Ellen

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  26. Sounds like there are a lot of fishy details in this one! Seems like she may have been on drugs if she really jumped in the river. So sad no matter what the truth is.

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  27. She didn't drown, she over-dosed on water

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  28. What a sad story, but that tale is very strange. Especially the "I belong in the water" line.

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  29. That is a sad, strange story.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  30. Strange! I think some people just want to disappear.

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  31. A strange line to say. Too bad there's no definitive answer.

    Yvonne V

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  32. I had not heard of her before, but it is sad that she died. I wonder if she is the one who jumped or if it was someone else. Guess we'll never know!

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  33. That is sad! It sounds like it was probably her who jumped and like others said, she was probably on drugs.

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  34. I wonder how carefully they interviewed that man who said he saw her jump. Why didn't he try to stop her?

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  35. Such a lovely looking young woman ... strange that her body was never found?

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  36. Was there documented evidence of OTHER people seeing her jump in? What if this guy was tripping on drugs himself?

    It is sad though. Reminds me of poor Virginia Woolf...

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  37. Sad for someone who had ao much promise

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  38. What circumstances do we not know? Did she carry some secret? Did she fake her death? Or did something indeed terrible happen to her? How hard it must have been for her family and friends to not know all these years!
    Great theme! If I haven't said this before.
    Maui Jungalow

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