How did a young woman disappear on a Caribbean cruise?
On the surface, pleasure cruises look like a perfectly safe way to take a vacation. But according to the New York Times, beneath the carefree party atmosphere lies a little known secret: sexual assaults. Some claim the crime occurs more regularly than cruise lines would care to admit. This was true of the Bradley family when they set sail from Puerto Rico in March 1998.
Amy Bradley was an All-American girl. She was pretty, outgoing and athletic. And even though Amy was a strong swimmer and a trained lifeguard, she was terrified of the open ocean. According to Amy’s mother, Iva Bradley, Amy had to be persuaded to join her family on the Caribbean cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas.
Amy managed to put her fears aside and cruise life offered plenty of distractions. On their third night at sea, Amy and her brother, Brad, partied long and hard. Neither returned to the family’s cabin until 3:40 A.M. Amy’s dad, Ron, said he woke up when she came in and said she was going to sleep on the balcony:
The next time Ron woke up, Brad had gone to bed and Amy was asleep on the balcony:
“I could see Amy’s legs from her hips down. She looks like she was resting comfortably. I dozed back off to sleep. The balcony door was closed, because if it hadn’t been closed, I would have gotten up and closed it.” Just 30 minutes later, according to Ron, their dream vacation turned into a nightmare:
Amy’s family says the ship’s crew resisted paging Amy, claiming it was too early to use the loudspeakers. And to make things worse, the ship had just docked in the port of Curaçao. Amy’s mother pleaded with the crew:
The Bradleys claim the purser didn’t broadcast the first page for Amy until 10 minutes to 8:00. By then, Amy’s mother said, most of the passengers had disembarked for the day:
Finally, the captain ordered a search. Officials claimed they combed through all 10 decks, all 999 rooms and found nothing. A three-day search of the ocean also failed to turn up any trace of Amy. The official conclusion: Amy may have fallen overboard, or even jumped.
The Bradleys began to piece together Amy’s last hours on board the ship. She left the balcony between 5:30 and 6 a.m. They know she changed her clothes. They know she took her cigarettes. But they don’t know where she was going. And then, they found a witness. Crystal Roberts said she saw Amy early that morning with the bass player from the ship’s band:
Others claimed that they had seen the bass player flirting with Amy the night before:
That morning, no one but the Bradley family and ship’s security knew Amy was missing. No one, that is, except the bass player. According to Amy’s brother Brad, the musician mentioned that he felt bad about what had happened to his sister:
Authorities never found any evidence that the bass player was involved with Amy’s disappearance. Then, according to Steve Reeves, the editor of a cruise line trade publication, a disturbing new theory emerged:
Amy’s mother believed her daughter was a perfect target:
Officials of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines insist that Amy either left the ship on her own or met with an unfortunate accident. Her parents are convinced the opposite is true. They are offering a $250,000 reward for information.
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It is unbelievable that these cruise lines can stay in business especially after so many viral outbreaks. You have to wonder if the companies don’t get paid by human traffickers to look the other way.
So this happened in 1998, it’s been 24 years, there’s little chance of a sex slave being kept alive longer than about 10 years. Why did the FBI suddenly decide to “look into it” in 2017? Why was nothing discovered after 5 years since they opened their case? It seems they are too busy harassing the Aaron Swartzes of the world to investigate serious crimes.
The fact it was in international waters does not make it legal since there are provisions in American law that allow for the prosecution of persons who either leaving American territorial waters for the purposes of criminal activity as well as the prosecution of non-Americans who harm U.S. Citizens in foreign lands or International Waters, so we can put that myth to rest.
I have personally reported suspected human trafficking a couple of times right here within the boundaries of the U.S. and the police do nothing, even when you provide tag numbers of the people involved. My gf at the time and I were walking through a department store and two strong men were escorting a woman who was clearly drugged. Send them photos and the whole nine yards and was told that in all likelihood they couldn’t do anything.
It’s no wonder that people hate and despise police in America.
Yea police are still tripping till this day its bad
There needs to be a petition where cruise lines need to be held responsible if anyone goes missing on their ship. They are not and people go missing from cruise ships all the time. People do your research. Families are basically left to fend for themselves. The Captain should have been fired for allowing people to depart that ship imo he must have known. Cruise lines MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE then they will do something about it. My gut says she was human trafficked. Very very sad story.
There’s nothing that can be done
. On a cruise ship,you are in international waters. There is no jurisdiction to any one country in the middle of the ocean. As far as the captain knowing, you sound ridiculous. I doubt the captain knew. However, it’s his job on the line if he doesn’t keep the boat on schedule. Cruise ship companies look at each & every person as nothing but money. The captains job is to keep the boat on schedule. Time is money.
Time is money and that cruise decided money was more important than a person’s life!!! Inexcusable!!!
I read about this case about 6 months ago and was unsettled by it. Before reading about this case, I never believed this level of evil exists in our world, but this is a clear cut example of a very disturbing event. You would think, just by appearances, that going on a cruise is very safe, but in some instance not for some young women because they can be targeted on cruise ships. I’ve seen Royal Caribbean ads on TV, and this to happen on one of their cruise ships, would be the last thing I could imagine happening to a young American woman.
It appears to be that one of the band members on this cruise ship was involved in the kidnapping of Amy, helped to sell her into sex slavery. I think her best chance of being found is long gone and tragically, she is most likely dead by now, too sad.
I have worked on cruises many yrs,all over the world an am very familiar with curacao as well as having worked royal Caribbean..only 2000 passengers was tops yrs ago..so imagine 3000 people paying not very much money yrs ago cruises were for th rich but bigger more choices an classes has changed dramatically.I believe th bass player used this girl for others drug dealers an delivered her to them shame on th Captain fr not wanting any bad publicity or upset for th ship an RCL should be held liable..People do things on cruises that they would never do it’s intoxicating.Bad characters AR everywhere…Linley workers from third world countries, it’s a hodgepodge .
I remember this happening back in 1998. At that time I would have been around 19. In recent days I came across this case once again while watching the episode of UM on Netflix. I have to say while I had no idea in the past 22 years since (wow 22 years!) that pictures surfaced from the escort site as did along with the sightings which I believe to be very credible.
I have taken a good look at the photos of “Jas” which was submitted to be that of Amy Lynn Bradly and I must say I believe innately that that is in fact her!
Here’s what I concluded:
Amy likely let it be known that her family weren’t high profile persons when she came to meet her abductor. I believe this is relevant because if she were fingered to be abducted they would not mess with someone who’s family is say politically elevated. People who would have enormous power in which to jeopardize the case with unlimited power and resources. In other words I believe she made it known that her parents and family were just your average Joes from an average town in every day USA. Once that was made known just through casual conversation, I believe this is when the motive began.
I can tell you these cruise ships have tons of compartment spaces, cargo areas, crevices and even hiding places that most people would have absolutely no idea exist. Unless of course they have keen knowledge of the ship and these places such as crew members would. I believe drugs and other commodities are moved in these places all the time. I absolutely do!
All it would take to get her to listen to you even under distress is a threat. Having short hair would make it easy to throw a wig on her along with a threat that if she didn’t comply they’d go after her family. This is how I think she was moved. Possibly after being drugged and hidden in some secret compartment anywhere on that ship until it was cleared and knowing exactly what they were doing with the right help they snatched her and sold her into the trafficking black market. Scary but extremely likely. Especially considering the circumstances with the credible sightings. If anyone threatened your family and said something such as “you just have to help us sneak some drugs off or whatever and as long as you comply we’ll let you go”…. otherwise the threat. Obviously false hope but to keep her from fighting back and keeping mum this is what I think could have very well have happened. She may have been walked off with a wig and dressed as a tourist or thrown into a dingy and sped off early before docking while still dark. Either scenario is plausible.
Here’s where I am going to get very real and I wish I could view things prettier but realistically I truly believe this scenario was likely for Amy and I’m certain others also in which cases are much less known sadly, but this was a one way ticket. In the sense of never returning.
I believe the picture of the woman whose alias was that as “Jas” is without a doubt Amy. Not only does every feature line up physically but what really had me honed in was the stare. The gaze. Albeit being older which fit and over made up which also would be expected. She has a slight lazy eye on the one right eye. Both the gazing in each of the photos of Amy and “Jas” matched identically. Just take a look at the two side by side!
If in fact “Jas” is her which again I believe 1000%, they would never pay her nor release her. Never. It would compromise everything. With that said my guess is she as with other girls are not paid in cash but given their doses in exchange for work. I’m suggesting they are being given drugs such as heroin which is something I’ve seen first hand make people forget the concept of everything else which is important in life as long as they get their next fix. This also makes sense. It would keep these girls from trying to run. Eventually after the initial first few forced injections they’d ultimately become addicted and very shortly thereafter they would just live for the drug and accept their fate.
Eventually with time and age…they have a sell-by date and when no longer desirable or capable to profit upon are sadly disposed of like trash. One concept is organ harvest and then anything sadly is anyone’s guess. This is why this case is very sad. I’m sure it’s not the first and certainly not the last and race is not important. I am sorry to sound so grim but this is what I firmly believe has happened and it’s frightening as hell.
I am ashamed at the Navy guy for not having come forward to help her when she pleaded for help back in that time now 22 years later. That I believe was her one and only true chance at help and he dismissed it.
By the way while in regards to the bass player who is nicknamed “yellow”, while I cannot confirm he is involved obviously as I do not know but my comment is that nickname suggests to me he more likely has a alias like that which is not to lay claim to his skin color but probably a drug which is also nicknamed “yellow” as is cocaine.
These folks are much more clever than ppl think. Much more organized and they can make things happen. Even to an American white girl and just like that.
I hope we get answers one day to this sad mystery but my hunch is not likely.
If anything I Hope this brings more awareness to women and men as men are also victims as the case in Alaska cruise where the young male vanished. The dark side to cruise ships states about one person goes missing every 2-3 weeks! That’s insane! Read the facts people!
Just my two cents.
This series called “Vanished’ by Beth Holloway is the latest on Amy.
Who ever shell Baby’s Children even adalts. God will open His mouth & with His breath God will put you away not in Jail. So you better Strahan your life up if not God will harm you. That is why I’m very good every every days & nights so God won’t kill me.
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Has anyone considered the possibility of investigating part of the crew on involvement in trafficking in women?
It is very strange that she disappeared before the ship docked and soon after she was in the company of men.
This may indicate that it was already programmed, there was a link, someone selected it while on the ship and when they anchored it already sent it to them.
Sometimes the lack of info on these cases is astonishing. A witness sees the bass player with her in the early morning walking around the pool deck. He’s the last to see her alive. The common sense question is when did they part and what did she do right after? Why does no one know his response to this?
somebody should go 2 grenada & get mr douglas
Someone should definitely make him pay!!!
Amy bears a strong resemblance to the actress who portrayed the lead character in the film ACCIDENTAL BABE. The film is about a man who accidentally is given a sex change surgery and has to adjust to being a woman from that point on. I have seen the trailer for this film on YouTube and my favourite seen in that trailer is the one where a scientist is altering her voice to sound female (she spoke in a dubbed voice before that scene). After the doctor raised the pitch of her voice she asks him Joan Rivers style:
“Hey, Doc, can we talk?”
Also to add, I can read body language and the photo’s show she was much closer to her
Mother than her Father. Some conflict there. I may be wrong, but Amy looked gay and I don’t think her Father accepted it as well as the Mother. I know the whole family past a lie detector test. but even guilty people have passed .
You’re ridiculous.So because you can read body language, Amy is gay & her father didn’t accept her?! You know how stupid you sound. Why is she gay? Because she has short hair and like sports. Stop stereotyping. She wasn’t gay. You’d think her parents would have made that known if that was the fact. Can’t stand people like you who talk crap when what you’re saying is pure speculation pulled out of your backside. No one cares what a armchair detective like you thinks
Human trafficking is a FACT! It has been going on since the beginning of time and sadly still continues! Amy Lee Bradley was one of many drugged and smuggled off that ship just as drugs are moved and trafficked through the same way. I don’t believe the cruise lines are cooperating, what kind of business would affiliate with such disgrace? HOWEVER… I ABSOLUTELY DO BELIEVE THEY TURN THE CHEEK AS TO NOT WANT TO KNOW and this be associated with such crimes. Including the penalties of bad business ethics and the millions of dollars lost in lawsuits or lost business by admission. So in a sense they are guilty by closing all ports (no pun intended) of verification.
There was a case of the British girl worked on a cruise for Disney some years afterwards which mysteriously vanished and although there WAS a video which showed her on the phone while aboard in some sort of distress but I am certain the cruise ships go far and beyond to possibly hide and rid any additional evidence as this particular case was quick to say she fell overboard even linking a shoe which was found to NOT BE HER SIZE placed near the edge of the ship. And that was the ONLY STORY they were adamantly sticking with. They didn’t even notify authorities when she failed to show up for her shift until her parents were left asking where their daughter was and why they hadn’t heard from her in weeks! It’s a shame and purely sickening. And we’re just talking about cruise ships! Imagine how many women, children of all ages, and men go missing every single day all over the world on land and are gone forever!
Another case which sticks with me is the case of Jennifer Kesse who was TAKEN from her apartment in Orlando, Florida, on January 23, 2006. Shortly after she vanished early on the morning en route to work leaving her apartment (whereby sketchy undocumented workers were doing renovations in her building and likely grabbed her walking right out her door as it was in a somewhat dark hallway in the morning on a sunny day. The very apartments across the way from hers were vacant. Kesse’s car was discovered parked around a mile from her home later that day. Security footage recorded a person parking Kesse’s car and walking away. Oddly enough the footage which was visible, ONLY captured clips in 3 second intervals. So while it DOES CAPTURE THE PERPETRATOR, the delay in missed time kept on missing the person’s face against me again as they walked in a circle and close up in front of the camera! Another beautiful young lady verified to have been taken. Her car showed imprints of her literally an outline of her upper body, arms, fingers, and face imprinted right in the dust LITERALLY! Florida is a boat ride away from any island and any direction by anyone with a boat which are in the millions making it incredibly easy to smuggle humans right out off the coast and gone forever. If you are intrigued by Amy’s case I implore you to google the Kesse case if unfamiliar.
Another case is the Israeli girl, Dana Rishby who went missing in Mexico in 2007.
I can go on as I am very aware of many such cases but one last case absolutely worth mentioning which I’ve only recently learned about thanks to Netflix which put out a very thorough documentary is of the infamous case known as the ALCASAR CASE from Spain which involved 3 young teens AND A PLOT MORE SINISTER once you become aware of the facts. Facts which point much credence to the implications that all point to the perpetrators being those of the “higher up” status. In other words important people (use your imagination). Furthermore, involving a very obvious cover up created to falsely accuse very simple person(s) as pawns to take the blame behind this most HEINOUS crime that took much more brains and more calculating cooperation behind what the “law” was indicating and not many fell for the simpleton pawn that ultimately took the blame DESPITE ANY EVIDENCE! This case is one which WILL by NO DOUBT put the ultimate fear in anyone with children or just plain level headed and will undoubtedly make you question AUTHORITY, justice, human nature, and ultimately the possibility of how evil of this magnitude can exist. IF IT IS EVEN POSSIBLE AND THEN WHAT??. Because if true (and again the facts point in that very direction which I believe have taken place with this one) as ALL FACTS WERE LAID OUT THOROUGHLY IN THIS DOCUMENTARY will throw anyone off their chair. I don’t want to say anymore but I advise EVERYONE TO watch the documentary “The ALCASAR Case” which took place out of ALCASAR,Spain in 1993 involving 3 young teen girls and the bizarre twists and turns and essentially every aspect of the case laid out (this is not a short one). I assure you that you won’t take a break from the multi part documentary. Again I viewed it on Netflix when it surfaced in 2021 and haven’t quite been the same since. I am not ignorant in believing that corruption exists in this world we live in but this is a whole other ordeal which no more words can be said. See it!
By the way there are other cases that will have you looking up other such cover ups such as the barely made public; “The Franklin Scandal”. Another truly sickening story involving people of power and children. If not familiar you must know of these cases.
I do not have children, (at one time this bothered me immensely) however I am somewhat relieved in a sense because I could not bare the pain if I were a parent who lost a child in a similar case to anyone of these situations, Or just not knowing, I wouldn’t be able to go on!
My heart goes out to all parents and the families who have endured the pain of having lost a child period but to lose one in a case involving such sinister situations as these listed, my God. Cases like these, cases and cases alike that take place all the time all over this beautiful planet by such “advanced civilized people” we supposedly are makes living harder admittedly. It’s disgusting it’s sickening and it’s REAL! And I even spoke of young children! May God have his last say on the other side is all I can say.
She had a boyfriend at the time she disappeared
On August 21, 1997, at the age of 13, I was assaulted by a band member on a Carnival Cruise. The following March (24th – my 14th birthday) was when Amy went missing. I keep checking on her story many times a year. I was lucky to have gotten away from my captor. Carnival played it off with offers of a free cruise for my family and breakfast with the captain because it was such an “unfortunate” event. That single event changed my entire world. Prayers for the Bradley family.
Has the FBI looked for any leads on the Deep Web? Other countries have been reported to check for missing people on human trafficking pages off of the Tor (a.k.a. the Onion) browser. It may lead to nothing but it may also prove to be worth exploring if they haven’t yet checked.
Hell yeah man
sounds like some good stuffo
First, a question: is the 3rd picture above the actual Amy with maybe his brother on the ship, or it’s just a reenacted scene? Also the 4th picture, is it the actual cabin of her family on the ship?
Only learned of this case few days ago and searched for every piece of info since. Amazining many credible sightings of her (by a taxi driver on the day of her disappearance, by a local in San Juan 4 days after ther disappearance, by 2 Canadians on a beach in Curacao in 1998, by a Naval officer in a brothel in Curacao in 1999, by a woman in department store restroom in Barbados in 2005, and by many people in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco). I cannot imagine her family’s feeling when thinking what if they were present on one of those occasions!
This poor girl, what an unimaginable hell she must have been lived in! Hope the next time she is spotted she’ll be rescued.
Hi looking4amy – those photos are both from the recreation.
Me too, this is suppose to be such a high profile case, but I just heard of it now in browsing Natalee Holloway case. I haven’t been able to get my mind off of this case. I was a claims investigator for many years, not saying I ‘m as expert as the FBI , but I know witness’s statements to be very sketchy as I interviewed many witness’s. They get the times wrong, And really don’t witness the whole scene. That’s why I think the witness’s in this case are not 100% credible. Even the photo of Amy in the alleged brothel could have been photo shopped. I think that was available in 2005. Anything is possible. I am curious as to how this family won a cruise… Is the Father really sure he saw his daughter on the lounge chair at 5:00 sh, did the Mother see her? I don’t care how old you are. Was the Father upset at his 23 year old daughter, drinking and carrying on. Could they have had a argument. Amy seemed pretty free spirited and not very cautious . OR the other scenario would only be the bass player Allistair . Who put something in her drink and took her to scrupulous traffickers before docking on another boat. They say Allistair was given a lie detector test, but did they do that. ? And he was eventually fired. Remember all the Maddie McCann sightings and tips. ? More investigation needs to be done on how the Father got this free cruise from his company. What I am really surprised at by reading some of the posts is how people are so reluctant to believe that white people are abducted. White children disappear off the streets every day into sex slavery. Look up the Johnny Goosh story, a paperboy that was abducted off the streets. Who now has another name and is a high profile escort for the elite.
The Mighty Jehovah God, is taking her and putting her back on her Families couch. He Says, 1 Cor CH 12-14, The Bible is Exalted, The King James Bible is True.
It was a inside job, to find merchandise, Gs, The Bass Player is a Cartel Member, the top security Staff, is involved, she was led douwn to the small speed boat, and I get she has come into TX, dressed as a body paint, Hispanic G, di’ed hair Bk, due to come back, I see a fbi or looking at supervisors, to see if they can forward this to other un otherized people,
lts so so sad, but now l think shes dead, going with l0 or more men every day, getting HIV or aids, or other ill-ness woman get, that man on the boat is as guilty as hell, the FBl should arrest him, he knows whats happened to her, how many other woman or young girls has he done it 2. he ought to be shot.
Yeah, I think the picture’s from the escort service would be the way to go.
The staff had to be involved, they did not seemed alarmed when the parents reported Amy was missing, they had a parade of excuses not to search for her right then and there.The authorities never found any evidence that the bass player was involved with Amy’s disappearance, that does not mean he didn’t take part in her disappearance. It seemed it was staged, the bass player playing the nice guy, he flirted with Amy the night before, which set the stage. Who knows what was discussed after dancing, maybe they planned to meet up at a certain time or maybe he showed up on the balcony when she was out there and they left together. He knew the perfect time to lure her because he work on the ship. He probably walked her right into the hands of the kidnapper or kidnappers. He know s every inch of that ship and what time would be the right time to lure her, just before the ship docked. That is the perfect opportunity the ship docks people are getting off, it’s noisy and so forth. They ordered the search when they felt like it because they knew at that point there was nothing to be found. The official conclusion: Amy may have fallen overboard, or even jumped that’s baloney. I know her family must be devastated because they were the ones who persuaded her to go in the first place. My prayers goes out to them and Amy as well.
I believe the Bass player was involved because she was last seen with him. The witness seen them togather and then she disappear. It was a set up looked like to me. Probably someone else that worked on the cruise line was involved looked like to me if it was a passenger like her someone would seen them and when they stoped the passages from leaving the boat someone would seen her. I read where these cruise lines could have people working on them involved in ssex crimes. It would be easier for someone working on the cruise boats be involved they could hide someone out more than a passenger they would now how to do it . I heard of this story for years I remember it on unsolved mysteries. I still believed the Bass player and someone else working on that ship was involved. She was last seen with the Bass player then he was seen by himself that looks funny to me where did she go and just vanish like that looks like if she was seen with a passenger on the cruise someone would seen her with them.g
I agree with Jenay Mystery, if this girl was a victim of human trafficking, it was someone(s) on the staff. Its the perfect setup, pick out the young, attractive, intoxicated women and pass the info along to whomever does the actual kidnapping. As for the search of the ship yielding nothing, most passengers and crew had mostly disembarked, meaning Amy was removed from the ship or the “search” wasn’t thorough especially if her captors were part of the search party. Has the whole staff of the ship been checked up on yearly? I am willing to bet that if one or more of them are connected to human trafficking, there would be some record of it by the police by now.
I am having a problem with her Dad’s story about her resting or sleeping on the lounge chair, that he saw her at 5 am, but she was gone by 6 am. If she was so deathly afraid of the being close to the ocean or railing why would she be on the balcony. There’s a lot that doesn’t make sense. Who sent the email of her dressed on the bed like an escort and it took 7 years. Do you think Amy did? A witness saw her back in the disco with Allistair Douglas and he got her a drink said the witness. Then what did the witness see, ? If there was something in the drink, wouldn’t she be groggy. I have been on a couple of cruises. I think as I remembered you are required to take your passport or ID. Could her Father push her over the rail, because she may have come out recently. She looked like she could have been gay, The Mother seemed cool, I’m not so sure about the Dad.
I simply don’t believe for a minute that this bass player, or any other employee of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines was in the habit of stealing young women and selling them into the sex trade. Especially American Women, and this ship does embark from the U.S. If anyone else’s daughter had disappeared from this ship, after Amy Bradley did, the story would have broken and you’d better believe that there would have been a full investigation.
My heart too goes out to her family. But I believe the most likely scenario is that Amy came in from the balcony, changed her clothes, got her cigarettes and went back out onto the balcony to smoke. I think she may have been leaning over the rail, perhaps to see the lights of the island of Curacao, and accidentally fell overboard. Before 6:00 a.m., when her father noticed her missing from the deck, it probably would’ve still been somewhat dark out at sea and most people could’ve still been sleeping. Something woke the dad up around that time, perhaps that was the sound of her falling overboard. No one has mentioned a search of the water done from that time. The fall alone could have rendered her unconscious, and she could’ve unfortunately drowned.
So that’s my humble opinion of the sad case of Amy Bradley.
Fully believable and logical. I agree that Amy died on that ship- though the circumstances might be in question. I do have to consider the possibility that she was assaulted and thrown overboard, as well as the possibility of an accidental fall overboard, because she was seen in the elevator at or around 6am, going to the top deck. She was seen by another passenger, an independent witness. (IIRC this may even be on video). This means Amy couldn’t have fallen off of her own balcony, because she did leave the room. But she could have fallen overboard from another part of the ship or been pushed. So to me, the mystery is: was her death accident or murder. Yellow, the bass player, may not be responsible for her supposed death,but he may know something about what happened to her. He was seen in the elevator with her at 6am (going to the top deck), and returning alone, so it’s also possible that whatever happened to Amy happened after he parted company with her, But it’s natural to wonder if he knows more than he’s ever shared with law enforcement.
There were a number of weird and even “creepy” happenings on the ship during the Bradleys cruise, but I deeply doubt they point to sex trafficking of the female passengers. Amy was a high risk victim- American, middle class, on a trip with her family. Not to mention she had distinctive identifying marks, her tattoos. Though a lovely young woman, I can’t see that she represented a trophy that someone just had to have, even a procurer working for potential buyers and on the lookout for a “type”, prepared to take whoever matched it. I have no idea how common such a scenario is in sex trafficking, but it seems unlikely, compared to the number of women who are tricked when they respond to a job offer in a new country, or an ad for modeling, or are even just grabbed off the street because they are female and alone- [ala Criminal Minds Season 10]. As unlikely as I think the sex traffick,answer is in this case if plausible I would expect 1) that Amy would be sold to a specific buyer waiting for her “type” why sent out his procurer, making it unlikely she’d be sold into prostitution and 2) I’d expect other, similar incidents to have occurred before and after Amy’s case. While other people have certainly disappeared from or died on cruise ships, both passengers and crew, there have not to my knowledge been incidents similar to Amy’s disappearance, which had some unique details, including the behavior of male crew and the alleged sightings of her afterward, always under someone’s immediate control. To be clear, I am arguing against the abduction/sex trafficking explanation for Amy’s disappearance. i don’t think it’s plausible
In her case.
Which leaves me with occam’s razor- the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. she likely died on the ship 18 years ago, by accident or foul play. Did she fall overboard, completely unnoticed, and either die on impact or somehow get sucked under the ship (entering its docking procedure) and drown? Or could she have been attacked by a sexual predator, whether a passenger or crew member, and killed in the attack, or afterward. I’m sad to say I lean in this direction, in part because of the fact that the ship WAS about to dock. The family argues against the overboard theory because Amy was a strong swimmer, and the ship was close to shore- suggesting that if Amy fell she could swim for shore. I tend to discount falling overboard because I can imagine she was hurt or killed by the impact but can’t imagine an accident like that being completely unseen. If by some fluke it was unseen, I’d think her body would have been found, during searches of the water. the water were searched. As I recall, the cruise line “party line” was that Amy fell overboard and died accidentally.
She could have been thrown overboard immediately, or her body hidden by person or persons unknown and disposed of later. This might seem to point to crew as possible murderers,(again, if that is what happened) because crew would know where a body could be hidden temporarily. They would be prepared for the search that ensued, have access to laundry carts, and be familiar with Curacao, in case it was safer to dispose of the body away from the ship. However, passengers had access to their own quarters and suitcases, and could also have developed knowledge of potential hiding spots on board. Though a passenger could have less familiarity, they could have enough. If Amy, alive, could have been smuggled off the ship if a laundry cart, for example, so could her body. And a large suitcase would also do the job. Passengers were not informed of her disappearance; although the Bradleys begged the captain to prevent passengers from leaving the ship, he raised the gangplank, and the passengers were allowed to come and go from the ship, with packages and luggage, never searched.
I first thought that if Amy met foul play, all a killer would have to do is hide her body during the docking, then dispose of he when the ship returned to open water, only hours after Amy disappeared, according to the Bradley family’s timeline, which I saw on Vanished with Beth Holloway. Although I wonder how hard it would be to avoid everyone – crew and passengers- on a huge cruise ship,to drop a dead body over the side. It might have been easier to smuggle Amy’s body off the ship in a suitcase, for example, when docked in Curaçao . I can think of a number of methods of disposal after getting off the ship, including taking the body out in a small boat (owned rented, stolen, borrowed) and dropping it into the ocean. Something like this could account for why Amy’s body has never been found. She might be buried too, of course, but the water seems most likely.
It’s such a sad story, and I think quite a scary one. Amy presumably felt safe from other people on the ship, and she should have been safe. I don’t know what to think, exactly but I fear someone did kill her. The facts, including her being a skilled swimmer, and the ship being near port, plus the height and stability of safety rails, make an accident seem less likely. Unless Amy was taking chances, climbing over the rails or climbing up to sit on them I can’t imagine a “simple” accident like slipping and falling overboard. Ans as Amy was afraid of the open ocean that seems wildly unlikely.
I keep hoping for a body- some closure for the family- but if something like I have posited above happened to Amy, I don’t think she’ll ever be found. Closure may only come if there is a person or persons who know what happened. I hope the authorities will learn of it or the person(s) will,come forward. The not knowing is just the saddest thing I can imagine- likely worse than a death is not Knowing that a loved one IS really dead. The family deserves our prayers and respect, as does Amy.
That’s because you’re an ignorant fool. The crew on these ships are payed peanuts. The countries these ships are visiting may look like tropical reaports to the passengers,but to the citizens who actually live there – the tourism is the only thing bringing in money. Most of the citizens live in squalor and are actually hostile and resentful to the rich Americans/Europeans who travel there. You really don’t think that the crew members who make peanuts for a living wage don’t have their own side hustle going on?? Again, you’re an ignorant fool. This isn’t the Love Boat. It’s the real world. Stop living in fantasy land.
Yup I Would Say That! But I Really Do Believe That Somebody Had Witnessed The Abduction Hopefully Amy’s Parents Will Finally Get Some Answers That Might Help Them To Find The Truth of What Had Really To Amy The Night She Had Disappeared! who Knows Somebody Might Have Threw her Off In To The Water Where She Might Have Drowned!
evidently its a free for all on board their cruise ship. god forbid waking anybody up trying to find a missing family member. im sure nobody else on the ship would expect that to be done for them if they were missing someone, right ? nobodys getting away with anything, you will eventually answer. i guess if you take a cruise on a floating out house youre on your own.
This is crazy hope they find her but sounds like someone killed her but hope thets not true.. may god look out for this family
I am from Spain and i have just saw a tv program about the case of Amy Bradley, it must be very terrifying, I hope the family can find her.
And I don’t know it that will help but I saw news about one teenager girl from who was in the same age than Amy and she scape from a plot of white trafficking that her country suspects that must act in Aruba and Curaçao
When I first seen amy’s story on t.v. years ago I hoped that someone would find her.Now its been years and all this time I wondered what happened to her so I got on my laptop an wanted to see if I could find her story I wanted to see if she had been found Ive been praying this whole time that I would find out she was home but that’s not the case I think the media should do another show about this she needs to be found!! If I had the money to travel I would go look for her myself. I hope her family doesn’t give up searching. maybe they should send a letter to the White house and maybe the fbi should Help. Somebodys gota do something for her.
I wish Amy’s parents would hire a legit investigator who’d run back ground checks on all employees of that ship. And lie detector tests for any persons with bad back ground And of the “bass player”. Prayers to bring Amy justice.
A legit investigator and background checks would have been a nice idea, but lie detector tests don’t work. That’s been known for some time now.
My heart goes to Amy’s family. So sad that a dream vacation has become their nightmare. I personally feel like Amy never left that ship.(until it was all clear for person responsible to dump her overboard) Because of the Cruise lines lack of locking the ship down and bringing police and search dogs in to locate Amy before allowing one person to exit that ship. They are at fault. And that gave the person responsible ample time to dispose his dirty little secret! I 100% feel it was a worker of that ship. And sure hope better laws have since been put into effect to prevent this happening to other families. You can betcha ass if that happened to one of my kids? I’d called police myself from that boat and told that captain he had 30 seconds to lock that ship down while I was contacting police, news stations, president of US whoever I had to call to get attention and action taken. I pray for Amy’s family fo have peace. And maybe they should hire a legit investigator to get back ground checks on each employee of that ship and start there. And then lie detector tests for that “bass player”. Maybe then the truth will surface.
Hold Royal Caribbean responsible for the safe return home of this woman. I bet she would be home in no time then. That cruise line did not do enough to help the family, and sure should have held that band player accountable. Be surprised how he would of sang like a canary under interrogation. Now this family has not had their daughter or sister around for 18 years, 18 years no one has been held accountable for Amy’s pain and suffering. Really really unbelievable. Come on people find Amy Bradley. Hold Royal Caribbean cruise line accountable.
I have watched shows regarding this family’s daughter and it is pathetic that no one can find these brothel leaders who have her! Good grief go on the site and hire her and find her! My heart goes out for her and her family. Stay strong!
That was in 2005 that the family was sent an alleged photo of Amy dressed up . If she was sold onto a sex traffic ring, I think they would have done away with her by now. I hope not, but they did find the skeleton of a jaw of a caucasion girl wash up In Aruba. They need to really go over that witness’s account again. I don’t know why Americans find it hard to believe that woman would be abducted into sex slavery. Children are picked up off the street every day By high level people. You never heard of pizza gate. Its just difficult to believe that if Amy left that balcony, why wouldn’t she take her shoes. She took her cigarettes but not her shoes. So that could leave only two things, she fell off or was pushed off. Could her father and her have had words? Lost his temper and accidentally pushed her. I’m not sure that’s her in the photo on the bed dressed up like a hooker. lots of questions. Another thing, why did her Father say his daughter was taken , she is an adult, she could have gone anywhere. lots of unanswered questions.
I can’t believe this is still unsolved, I will pray daily until it is! Being a teenager in 1998, I saw this as a news story and prayed for it then too. I asked the Lord what happened back then and I believe she was captured with the crew involved. The Lord told me to check on this story again in 2016 after so long, and I was horrified that it’s still unsolved. She will be saved. I pray in the name of Jesus for her return to her family!
I have only just learnt of this story – I watched her episode on Crime & Investigation just last night. It was shocking – I was at the edge of my seat when the captain of the ship disembarked the ship then the ship was to set off again. She was reported missing BEFORE disembarkment – was this captain not done for neglect and improper handling of a missing persons report? Maybe its just me but I cannot get my head around this – perhaps answers would have been achieved had he dealt with this differently – if she had been held against her will and taken onto the island – maybe had he dealt with this differently she would have been found!! I also believe the bassist knows something – i also suspect he has played a part in many more disappearance!! Another site said according to his facebook he has found god – i hope his god tells him to do the right thing and give her family information. So i read too if she is still alive it is likely she now suffers from stockholm syndrome which is for me just adds to the anguish!! I cant imagine any bigger distress for any family to loose a family member without a trace!!! I hope they one day have resolution!!!!
I pray one day their beautiful daughter will be save with her wonderful family who will never giue u on their little girl my thoughts with her special family
I’ve been tracking this for many years now and my heart goes out to the family. I have this gut feeling that she is still alive out there… and the right person is going to come across her and help her out of whatever trouble she is in. She won’t be the same again, but she will be home with her family. Her family has not given up and that will be the most important thing that she will see once she gets back with them. There are plenty of stories of abductions where victims have been found YEARS later and I believe that will be the case once Amy is found. There have been too many sightings and coincidental women stating they are her and pleading for help… there’s no other explanation. She’s out there and she needs help. She may be “playing along” with her captors because she knows it will save her life and I’m sure she’s a smart lady… she’ll get out of this alive and I pray her parents are still around to witness it.
I believe it’s very hard b/c it’s not in the United States and I think they are limited with what can be done and it shouldn’t be that way. She’s a US citizen and ALL resources should be pulled to find her. I pray she is found soon….
Watching now on 48 hrs! I believe this case is solvable sytill. Someone needs to use common sense and ask the right ppl the right questions and do it now. Even back then there had to be video. And certainly the staff including the bass player would know every part of that ship. For that matter, the passengers would have had cameras too, and the shop would have a list of passengers. If she was taken, she could be in or on that film! Furthermore, if they believe her to be a sex slave, I’m sure there are creepy websites for that too, so look there for pics showing her tattoos…
YE GADS 17 YEARS! MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY.JUST SAW TGE 1 HR TV SHOW THIS AM 12 27 15
Has the hypothesis of Amy going over the balcony rail as a matter of suicide, or recklessness as to whether or not she lived, been fully examined? What exactly were the reasons for her misgivings about going on the cruise in the first place? Did investigators talk to her friends, to her doctor? Were her letters and emails examined? Was she troubled about something, say a boyfriend? What did she talk about to her brother, during her last known hours, as they both sat on the balcony? Just how much alcohol and, if applicable, other drugs had she taken by the time she was sitting on the balcony? What do the tattoos tell us about her? BTW, the last known sighting of Amy was when she was observed, apparently sleeping, on the balcony by her father (after her brother had retired to bed); all other sightings are speculative. Why would she leave the cabin and go into the public area of the ship, without her shoes?
I have been reading about this case since I read about it on a website. I had no idea this sort of thing could happen on a cruise. Makes me paranoid and uneasy just thinking about going on a cruise ship. I pray that Jesus will have mercy and bring Amy back to her family.
I been following this stories for years , I do believe she was and is held against her will and was forced into the sex trade!!!! Caribbean island, Boat cruises to these island are very known for this…. Also I know new pictures were seen on Internet did they ever track IP address ???? There r sooooo many new systems tht can break all those codes ! I hope they find her , and def feel they will find her alive , a lot of shows who aired her story looks like she is a fighter!!!! I believe one day she will be back home until then let’s fight to find this woman and charge these pigs sex trade is a ugly disgusting world
Dwava – I think you are 100% correct. Some time after her disappearance (can’t recall how much time had passed), someone noticed a picture of her in a magazine that was advertising Escorts or something of that nature. That Bass Player was involved in her disappearance I just know it. There is a possibility that Amy is still alive, but being in the sex trade for that long, and regular aging, might mean she has since been murdered. The people who kidnapped her would never release her when she wasn’t ‘desirable’ any longer. They would murder her so she wouldn’t identify them. It is my belief that Amy is now dead…
Sept 2015 she is 40 now same age as my daughter. If she was taken for sec trade just how old will they keep them. As much as i hope shes not dead i believe it would be better thanwhat would have been happening all these yrs. God bless you snd find a way out if possible and if not God its time to show proof of her death
i am so sorry for the family. I am the same age as Amy would be and so many things have to me in my life I can’t imagine what she has went through! My prayers to the family I just watched the story on the id channel and can’t imagine their pain.
This is nuts to many ppl have seen her in the escort-sex trade…she’s out there and needs our help
My thoughts and prayers are with Amy in hopes that God will bring her home alive and well. My thoughts and prayers are with her family as well. God bless you all!
This case was also featured on Rob Dyke’s “Seriously Strange” series on YouTube. One of the missing person’s profile was Amy Bradly. Here’s an update based on his video: an American sailor visited a brothel in Curacao and encountered a woman who claims to be Amy. When she was asking for help, 2 unidentified men escorted the woman out. The sailor was scared to admit he was at the bar because he was still on duty and he may be discharged. However, when he finally admitted 2 months after the encounter, the brothel had burned down. 7 years after Amy’s disappearance, her family was e-mailed from an mysterious escort service with the picture of what looks like Amy in a racy appearance on the bed. It could be the fact that Amy herself might have sent it to her family for help or her abductor(s) might have sent the picture, taunting the family that they will never get their daughter back or they might have given a clue to them, meaning they may have threaten the family to give up search or else, they can hunt the family down by tracing their IP address.
My heart is breaking for your family.I hope she is found. My prayers are with you.
I pray Amy will be set free from her captors. I don’t believe she’s dead, and its a horrible thing to write you think-someone is dead, when she has a family filled with hope, yet at times I am sure challenged. Father in heaven please move mightily in this case and return Amy home. I pray her captors would repent from all the evil they have done, not just to Amy but many others like her. And all those who had a part in Amy’s abduction would receive justice from on HIGH, the courts of heaven would be their judge. For when God does it, HE does it best. I pray for a reassurance of hope to this family. In Yeshua/Jesus name AMEN
She's not alive....I'm sorry!
I just watched the show which I seen twice. I believe she was thrown over the ship by someone she met on the ship. Probably raped several times, gaged, tied up and threw overboard before the ship even got to Curacao. Very very sad!!!
I have been following the Amy Bradley case since I was a young girl in the 1990s. I wish more people cared about finding her. Unfortunately at this point I think she’s too far gone and will most likely never return home.
those cruiselines only care about 1 thing that’s to make money would not be surprised if the lines were involved in the slave trades
Amy never going to be found she’s lost she doesnt know where she is shes a ghost on the ship the ship is haunted no she doesnt no the band member he killed her
I would like to know did they chech the bass ayers room for her DNA. It could be just a strain of hair I think he drugged her. I would put a private detective watching all the time. I bet the cruise lines would find her. Where was the bass player from?
has anyone thought of Israel Keyes?known to take cruises?travel the us and kill and rape his victims?
Amy Bradley’s case was most recently featured on Beth Holloway’s ”Vanished” Television program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ_OZ93qPHM
To keep up to date on Amy’s case, visit: forumsforamybradley.com
Apparently Amy’s parents were emailed a photo of a prostitute that closely resembed Amy from an adult escort website in 2005.
read about it and see the photo here: http://listverse.com/2013/04/28/10-mysterious-disappearances-with-bizarre-clues/
I absolutely believe Amy is alive. I think she was abducted and forced into sex trade. I hope it is not much longer before she is found and reunited with her family.
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did they they ever find here
Amy has not been found.
It’s extremely unfortunate that crimes like this can happen on cruises, where it’s otherwise, exciting and fun and an opportunity not many will get to have. I know since Amy’s disappearance there have been changes in protocols and more recourse developed for victims, but still not enough that it CAN BE PREVENTED altogether. If it means they need more staff, harsher requirements and background checks, so be it. Honestly, I believe more crimes involve staff and members of the cruise line than passengers. That’s just my gut feeling based on my research and my own cruise experience.
No they still haven’t find her.
Royal Caribbean should be held accountable for this girls disappearance. Background checks should be done on the crew working these ships. You can bet my family will not travel with Royal Caribbean again. And we have went on 6 cruises. But if they care no more for their passengers well beings than this forget it. I would not go if it was free. Hell all family members may not return home safely. They make enough money off these cruises they could help fund and locate Amy and bring her back home again.
thats bunk. the cruise line is responsible for all passangers