On March 24, 1998, while cruising with her family on the Royal Caribbean International ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, 23-year-old Amy Bradley vanished without a trace. The ship was on its way to Curacao, Antilles.
What started out as a family vacation turned into a parent’s worst nightmare that continues to this day.
Amy is still missing.
In the early morning hours of March 24th, Amy was dancing at a ship disco with Alister “Yellow” Douglas, a band member of “Blue Orchid” who performed on the ship. Amy was videotaped dancing with Yellow.
Here is a still shot of the two dancing. In another part of the video, the two are dancing very close and appear to be holding hands.
Later in the video, Amy is seen dancing near the elevator alone. She returns to her cabin around 3:30 a.m. (Her brother was on Vanished and said it was about 4:15 a.m.)
Her brother last saw her on the cabin’s balcony after she returned to the cabin. (I read that he was with her at the disco and I’ve read that he wasn’t) Her father, Ron, last saw her sleeping on the balcony at around 5:30 a.m. when he briefly awoke from sleep. He then fell back asleep.
Between 5:50 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., Amy’s father awoke again only to find Amy wasn’t in the cabin. It appeared that she took only her cigarettes and lighter when she left. She also did not bother putting shoes on which would suggest that she fully intended on being gone only a short period of time and return back to the family cabin. Her family believes she left to get coffee.
But what happened to Amy after that remains a mystery.
A witness claimed she saw Amy with Yellow at 6:00 a.m in the disco. The witness was up early because she was going to disembark in Curacao, so she decided to go to the disco to wait. Yellow brought Amy a dark drink – coffee or coke, it is presumed. The witness left the disco shortly thereafter. This woman took a polygraph and passed and testified before a Grand Jury.
Other witnesses saw Yellow after he left the disco in the glass elevator. He was alone (I also read that Amy was with him).
The video mentioned above was shot by Chris Fenwick, who was on board producing an entertainment video for a client. When he discovered Amy was missing, he began looking through his recordings because he had been in the disco around the same time as Amy. When he realized Amy was captured on his video, he made a copy and turned it over to the FBI. Nothing came from this. (Read more about this here)
Royal Caribbean has not cooperated with Amy’s family in the investigation. Cruise lines are not going to ruin their reputation or keep people from cruising on their ships because of a missing person or mysterious death case.
In 1999, an American sailor reported that he went to a brothel on Curaçao and was approached by a young woman who told him her name was Amy Bradley. She asked for his help. At this point, two men in the bar escorted her upstairs. Fearing he would get in trouble by higher-ups for being at the brothel, he didn’t mention the sighting until months later. By that time the brothel had burned down.
In September 2005, Hyscience.com received pictures from a reader, Allen K. He says he found the following pictures on an adult website.
If this is Amy, the pictures suggest she was sold into slavery. Amy would be about 31 years old here.
To read my opinion on this case, please click here.
What do you think happened to Amy Bradley?