Holland America Says Cruise Passenger Overboard "Appears to Be a Suicide"

August 4, 2009
Holland America Zaandam cruise ship (4:00 p.m. EDT) -- A Holland America spokeswoman says that the Zaandam passenger who went overboard yesterday -- identified by Alaska State Troopers as Amber Malkuch from Washington State -- likely committed suicide.

"So far there's no evidence of foul play," Sally Andrews, Holland America's vice president of public relations, tells Cruise Critic. "But from what we have seen to date, it appears to be a suicide; however, that determination will ultimately be made by the authorities. We are working in full cooperation with them."

The Division of Alaska State Troopers is conducting the investigation, which is being supported by the Coast Guard.

Malkuch, who was on a seven-night Alaska cruise, was first reported missing by her cabin companion at 9 a.m. local time on Monday. Her body was discovered by crew of a commercial helicopter helping in the Coast Guard-led search at about 4:30 p.m. local time on Monday.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

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