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FBI Investigates Cruise Passenger Death

March 27, 2013
Update, 1:50 p.m. ET:According to FBI Special Agent Richard Wolf, the Medical Examiner's report, including cause of death, should be released March 28. Cause of death will help the FBI determine whether they have a criminal case on their hands, he said. Agent Wolf also confirmed the deceased was 64-years-old, not 62 as we reported below.

Enchantment of the Seas (March 26, 3:13 p.m. EST) -- The FBI is investigating the death of a 62-year-old woman onboard Enchantment of the Seas. The investigation is "still in flux," according to an FBI spokesman, but details on the woman's identity and possible cause of death might be released as soon as Wednesday.

FBI Special Agent Richard Wolf told Cruise Critic the Baltimore field office is looking into the death because a "couple of circumstances" made it different than a typical death onboard a cruise ship. Field agents boarded the ship March 25 when it returned to Baltimore, and "did some things." Based on their investigation, an autopsy was deemed appropriate.

Wolf didn't offer further details about the investigation, which he said is ongoing.

When asked whether an autopsy is typically performed for a passenger who had an apparent heart attack, Wolf said each circumstance is different.

"An apparent heart attack in a 40-year-old is different from an apparent heart attack in a 95-year-old," he said.

Royal Caribbean confirmed the death of the woman, whose husband found her body in their cabin March 24.

"We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the 62-year-old female guest from the United States who died while onboard Enchantment of the Seas… A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to her family."

The woman died on the last night of a seven-night sailing.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor

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