Rebecca Coriam, left, and sister, Rachael. Picture: Facebook
Rebecca Coriam, left, and sister, Rachael. Picture: Facebook Facebook

Could a killer be targeting cruise passengers?

AS many as 200 people have disappeared on cruise ships since the year 2000 - sparking fears that a killer could be targeting liners.

The Sun reports the startling figure revealed by an industry expert comes as the British family of one missing crew member continue in their hunt for answers.

Rebecca Coriam, 24, vanished six years ago during a stint as a nanny on board a Disney cruise ship.

Mum and dad Mike and Ann Corium, from Chester, fear their "beautiful" daughter may have been murdered rather than falling overboard during a storm, as an original investigation found.

And there are claims that bosses at the entertainment giant may have tried to cover up her case out of fear of bad publicity.

Rebecca Coriam was said to have fallen from the Disney cruise ship Wonder.
Rebecca Coriam was said to have fallen from the Disney cruise ship Wonder. Disney

Their search for the truth was given a further spur when two friends of their daughter revealed she may have been sexually assaulted before she went missing on 24 March 2011.

They have received Government assurance that these shock claims will be probed - but they cannot comment after reportedly being given an out-of-court settlement with Disney.

Canadian expert Dr Ross Klein, author of Cruise Ship Blues: The Underside of the Cruise Ship Industry, fears the growing number of people disappearing on ships is worrying.

His research suggests that many of the 200 people who disappeared are drunken guests on the last night of their trip toppling overboard.

But with crew member Coriam, who had over a year's experience as part of the Disney cruise's Youth Team, this factor is effectively ruled out - and leaves open the possibility that she may have been attacked.

Ann and Mike Coriam's daughter Rebecca went missing on a Disney cruise.
Ann and Mike Coriam's daughter Rebecca went missing on a Disney cruise.

Added to this is the "shambles" investigation, carried out by a lone Bahamian police officer, into her death that was littered with faults.

Private investigator Roy Ramm, a former Cdr of Specialist Operations at Scotland Yard, told The Sun last year: "As far as I'm concerned this is a murder investigation until someone proves it's not."

He said the original probe was "very seriously flawed".

And Coriam's local MP Chris Matheson, who has done his own research, added: "There has been a whole wealth of contradictory evidence."

"I think a crime has been committed here and I want justice for my constituents", he said.

Coriam disappeared after joining the Wonder, her second cruise ship, as it travelled between Los Angeles and Mexico.

After the alarm was raised, a search turned up no results and Mike, 63, and Ann, 59, were told the terrible news that their daughter was missing overboard later that morning.

Mrs Coriam recalled the last time she spoke to her daughter the previous day: "It was a quick call and we said we would speak on Facebook on Tuesday.

"It was all a bit of a rush but she seemed fine - just normal Bex.

"As far as we know she had a normal day on Monday. She had a meal on the Monday night with her friends and everything was fine."


After frantically flying out to LA, the distraught couple were told their daughter definitely fell overboard.

But ex-Scotland Yard sleuth Mr Ramm said: "It would have taken a 100ft (30 metre) wave to wash her overboard from where they claim she must have gone.

"But we know the sea conditions at the time were good."

The last footage of Rebecca, taken from the ship's CCTV, then emerged.

It was recorded at 5.45am on the morning of her disappearance. She is on her phone on the first deck and wearing what looks like men's clothes.

She is seen tugging at them repeatedly and showing signs of distress.

One fellow crew member thought she was speaking to a friend while another said "there was no mystery" and that it was a fight with her partner.

That staffer added: "She was a lovely girl, with underlying sadness."

Another friend believes Coriam then made her way to the fifth deck because it was her favourite spot.

This private area was used by crew to relax and there is a wall more than 2 metres high between it and the sea.

The pal thinks Coriam simply clambered up to sit on the wall and accidentally fell from it, recalling: "She loved deck five. It's where we always used to go.

"I bet she climbed on to the wall and sat on the ledge in a 'I need to feel like I'm off the ship for a second' way."

But one unnamed friend of Coriam's, who saw her at around 2am yet was not interviewed by police, said: "To call this an 'investigation' is an insult."

The Bahamas Police concluded Coriam's death was "not suspicious".

According to US reports, Disney has made an out-of-court and undisclosed settlement with the family.

But Mr Ramm believes the family is still owed answers and that there should have been an inquest.

He said: "A coroner would call witnesses who could say what they saw that morning and give the family some kind of closure.

"For this young woman to have been discarded like flotsam or jetsam is a disgrace."


This article originally appeared in The Sun

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