Where Is Amy Lynn Bradley, Who Disappeared on a Cruise Ship 26 Years Ago?

On the night Amy went missing, she was at the cruise ship's disco with her brother, other passengers and crew members, according to the FBI

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Amy Lynn Bradley

On March 24, 1998, 23-year-old Amy Lynn Bradley went missing while on a cruise ship with her family. For more than 25 years, her disappearance has puzzled investigators who are still trying to solve the cold case.

On Saturday, March 21 of that year,  the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line’s ship Rhapsody of the Seas left San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Aruba. Two days later, on March 23, the ship left Aruba and headed to Curaçao. Amy went missing in the early morning hours of March 24 while the ship was between the two destinations, according to the FBI.

On that night, according to FBI Special Agent Erin Sheridan, Amy was at the cruise ship's disco with her brother, other passengers and crew members. The next morning, Amy's brother and parents couldn't locate her.

"Myself and my parents have had to endure a lot of sadness, but the last thing that I ever said to Amy was, 'I love you,' before I went to sleep that night," Amy's brother Brad said in a video shared by the FBI. "Knowing that's the last thing I said to her has always been very comforting to me."

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According to a 2005 NBC News report, numerous rumors surrounded Amy's disappearance. Some passengers claimed to see a woman, who was not confirmed to be Amy, heading to the top deck of the ship in the early morning hours while others claimed she was with an unidentified ship employee. Others also claimed to see Amy on Curaçao in the years after her disappearance, but these sightings remain unconfirmed.

"When we discovered Amy missing, we begged the ship's personnel to not put the gangway down, to not allow anybody to leave the ship. And we told them that if Amy had left the room for any more than 15 minutes, she would have left us a note. And they put the gangway down anyway. People left the ship in Curaçao," Amy's mother, Iva Bradley, told NBC News in 2005.

After stopping in Curaçao, the ship made two additional stops during the cruise and returned to Puerto Rico on March 28 as planned.

According to a missing persons poster, Amy has four tattoos that could be used to help identify her: A Tasmanian Devil on her shoulder, the sun on her lower back, a Chinese symbol on her right ankle, and a gecko on her stomach.  A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the solving of the case.

Anyone with information on Amy's disappearance is asked to contact their local FBI office.

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