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Couple Found Dead on Cruise Ship After Apparent Murder-Suicide

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 03, 2015

Couple Found Dead on Cruise Ship After Apparent Murder-Suicide

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On Thursday, news broke about two passengers being found dead aboard a Holland America cruise ship, but startling new details about the ordeal have surfaced.

According to The Associated Press, a man and woman were discovered deceased in an apparent murder-suicide when the cruise ship, the MS Ryndam, docked in Puerto Rico. Crew members had not heard from the couple in a while and found the bodies after a cabin check.

While local authorities wouldn’t identify the couple, police Sgt. Ricardo Cruz told The AP that the man and woman were both in their 50s and were Americans from Cleveland, Ohio. According to Cruz, blood was found in the cabin, but it was initially unclear how the passengers died, saying, “We don’t know yet whether an object was used or what the motive was.”

Local authorizes have stepped aside and the FBI has taken over the investigation.

The ship began its journey through the South Caribbean on Sunday before making its first stop in Key West Monday. After two days of sailing, the ship docked in historic Old San Juan on Thursday and the grim discovery was made.

According to the report, authorities do not know exactly when the couple died.

As for the other passengers on board, none had any idea about the murder-suicide until they were informed Thursday. One passenger, Mark Moore of New York, told The AP, “This is a shock to me.”

Moore also explained how the crew and authorities “had roped off part of the ship and hung a sheet in the hallway as passengers disembarked around noon.”

Holland America released the following statement: “We are terribly saddened by this tragic event.”


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