Update: 'Foul Play' Ruled Out in Missing Disney Crewmember Case

March 30, 2011
Disney-Wonder-Cruise-Ship (Updated 6:45 a.m. EDT) -- Police in the Bahamas have concluded their inquiries and found no evidence of "foul play" hours after the Mexican Navy called off the search for the crewmember who has been missing from Disney Wonder since last Tuesday. The 1,754-passenger Disney Cruise Line ship returned to Los Angeles as scheduled on Sunday and is now sailing on its next Mexican Riviera cruise.

"With respect to the investigation into the disappearance of Miss Rebecca Coriam from the Disney Wonder cruise ship, the Royal Bahamas Police has concluded its investigation on board the vessel," Paul Rolle of the Royal Bahamas Police Force told BBC News.

"At the present time there is no evidence to suggest foul play. The case remains open and under active investigation," Rolle said. According to Disney spokeswoman Christi Erwin Donnan, the crewmember was reported missing last Tuesday morning when she failed to report for duty. Several thorough inspections of the ship were conducted, one as recently as Saturday.

The line said in a statement earlier this week that it has "been working with all of the appropriate authorities. Rebecca's disappearance has been difficult for everyone at Disney Cruise Line. We've been in close contact with the Coriam family, and we're assisting them in any way we can."

ABC News reported that Coriam's parents and aunt flew to Los Angeles to meet the ship. "We just don't know what happened to her, do we?" Rebecca's mother, Ann Coriam, said in an ABC television interview. "And that's just the worst. We've got to find out what happened."

According to the Coriams, Rebecca's roommate says Rebecca placed a phone call to a friend early Tuesday, just hours before failing to show up for her shift. "They say they know what the conversation was, but they're not telling us," her cousin, Trish Davies, told ABC. "They say they've got to wait for the investigation." However, the Coriams say they aren't sure that Rebecca was ever on the ship at all and would like proof. The family has since returned to Great Britain.

The line has been in contact with the FBI and the Bahamian Maritime Authority, which is leading the investigation. (Disney Wonder is registered in the Bahamas, and so the flag state takes the reins in this case.) The Mexican Navy out of Cabo San Lucas conducted a search along the ship's route, which has now ended. Authorities have also "spoken with the crewmember's colleagues to gather as much information as possible," according to another Disney statement.

Disney Wonder was sailing a seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise out of Los Angeles. The ship was at sea Monday and Tuesday, when the crewmember went missing.

Cruise Critic members are discussing the issue here.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor