The Disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley

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On March 21, 1998, Amy Lynn Bradley and her family left for a week-long cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas cruiseliner. On the morning of March 24, Bradley had been drinking in the dance club with the ship's band, Blue Orchid until 1 am. Some time between 5:15 and 5:30 am, Bradley's father, Ron, saw her asleep on the cabin balcony. When he got up at 6 am, she was no longer there. He later said, "I left to try and go up and find her. When I couldn't find her, I didn't really know what to think, because it was very much unlike Amy to leave and not tell us where she was going."

The ship was en route to Curaçao, Antilles, at the time she was last seen. The ship docked in Curaçao shortly after she was discovered missing. Extensive searches on the ship and at sea produced no signs of her whereabouts. Bradley was a trained lifeguard and investigators said there was no evidence that she had fallen overboard or died by suicide.

There were possible sightings of Bradley in Curaçao. One witness saw a woman with tattoos identical to Bradley's. Bradley's tattoos included a Tasmanian Devil spinning a basketball located on her shoulder, the sun placed on her lower back, a Chinese symbol located on her right ankle, and a gecko lizard on her navel. She also had a navel ring. Other witnesses have seen Amy in a brothel and accompanied by men who appeared to be keeping her prisoner. To date, she has not been found.

Hundreds of people have gone missing from cruise ships since 2000.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Who was the last person to see Amy aboard the cruise ship?

  2. What was something characteristic about Amy?

  3. Based on eye witness accounts, what do people generally believe happened to Amy?

  4. Were there attempts to find Amy at sea?

  5. Why is it unlikely Amy could have drowned?

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  1. What do you think happened to Amy Lynn Bradley?

  2. What is the best way to find a missing person?

  3. Would you like to go on a cruise? Why or why not?

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