Disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley

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Amy Lynn Bradley
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Born (1974-05-12)May 12, 1974
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Disappeared March 24, 1998 (aged 23)
While onboard a Royal Caribbean cruiseliner, the Rhapsody of the Seas, she disappeared during the leg of the cruise while en-route to Curaçao
Status Missing for 20 years, 1 month and 25 days
Nationality American
Home town Petersburg, Virginia

Amy Lynn Bradley (born May 12, 1974) is an American citizen who went missing during a Caribbean cruise on the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas in late March 1998 at the age of 23, while en route to Curaçao.[1] Searches turned up no sign of her and investigators believe it unlikely that she had fallen overboard. There have been possible sightings of Bradley in Curaçao; in 1998, tourists had seen a woman resembling Bradley on a beach, and in 1999, a member of the U.S. Navy claimed a woman in a brothel had said she was Bradley and had asked him for help.

Case history[edit]

On March 21, 1998, Amy Lynn Bradley, her parents Ron and Iva and her brother Brad, left for a weeklong cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas.[2] On the morning of March 24, Bradley had been drinking in the dance club with the ship's band, Blue Orchid. One of the band's members, Alister Douglas, known as Yellow, said he parted ways with Bradley at about 1 am.[1] 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."[3]

The ship was en route to Curaçao, Antilles at the time she was last seen.[1] 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.[4] Bradley was a trained lifeguard and investigators said there was no evidence that she had fallen overboard or died by suicide.[5]

There were possible sightings of Bradley in Curaçao in 1998 and 1999. Two Canadian tourists reported seeing a woman resembling Amy on a beach in Curaçao in August 1998.[5] The woman's tattoos were reportedly identical to Bradley's.[3] 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.[6] A member of the Navy stated that he had seen Bradley in a brothel in 1999. He claimed she told him that "her name was Amy Bradley and [she] begged him for help," explaining that she was not allowed to leave.[3][7]

There was another potential sighting in 2005, when a witness named Judy Maurer claimed to have seen Bradley in a department store restroom in Barbados.The witness claimed a woman entered the restroom with a couple of men, who were threatening her if she did not follow through on a deal. When she approached the distraught woman after the men left, she claimed the woman said her first name was Amy and that she was from Virginia before the men re entered the bathroom to take her. Mauer called authorities, who created composite sketches of three men and the woman based on her account. [8][1]

Bradley's mother and father appeared on the November 17, 2005 episode of Dr. Phil. An image of a young woman resembling Bradley that was emailed to her parents was shown on the program, and it suggests that she might have been sold into sexual slavery.[9]

There is a $250,000 reward offered by the Bradley family for information leading to Bradley's return and a $50,000 reward for information leading to her verifiable location.[1][10] The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to her recovery.[11][12] Her case has been featured on America's Most Wanted[13] and by the television show Disappeared.[14]

Renewed attention was paid to her case after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005.[9][15][16]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Mikkilineni, Rupa (January 3, 2011). "Jawbone rekindles cruise ship mystery". CNN. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chesterfield Family Extends Search". Daily News-Record. Harrisonburg, VA. Associated Press. March 31, 1998. p. 12. Retrieved April 1, 2017.  Free to read
  3. ^ a b c "The Search for Natalee: Amy Bradley". Dr. Phil. November 17, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ Frantz, Douglas (November 16, 1998). "For Missing Woman's Family, No Answers". The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Amy Bradley, 23". People. September 23, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Amy Bradley". FBI. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ Van Zandt, Clint (June 20, 2005). "Who's taken our daughter?". The Abrams Report. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Vanished, with Beth Holloway - Amy Bradley, Pt. 5". A&E Television Networks (Lifetime). Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "The Search for Natalee and Amy". Dr. Phil. November 17, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Con Man Dupes Family in Hunt for Daughter". ABC News. June 26, 2003. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ Walker, Jim (March 28, 2017). "FBI Releases New Video Regarding Amy Lynn Bradley Who Disappeared From Rhapsody of the Seas". Cruise Law News. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "Wanted by the FBI: Missing Woman Amy Lynn Bradley". FBI. March 22, 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Amy Lynn Bradley". America's Most Wanted. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Amy Lynn Bradley". amybradley.net. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Striking Similarities in Two Disappearances". ABC News. January 7, 2006. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ Van Zandt, Clint (November 17, 2005). "Why some say Natalee may still be alive". NBC News. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 

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