Fight Breaks Out on Cruise Ship, Then a Death

Utah woman found dead after 'domestic dispute,' FBI says
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2017 7:31 AM CDT
Utah Woman Dies on Cruise After 'Domestic Dispute'
The Emerald Princess cruise ship docked in Juneau, Ala., on Wednesday, after a passenger was found dead.   (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

A 39-year-old Utah woman is dead after an apparent domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship off Alaska, and a suspect is in custody, the AP reports. The FBI released no names and few details about the incident ahead of a planned news conference on Thursday, but passengers aboard the Emerald Princess reported a loud argument Tuesday night. Charles Rowlen tells KTVA he had just gone to bed when "I heard terrible screaming … It sounded like two or three ladies or girls." Chris Ceman says a little girl from a cabin down the hall from his "came running out, calling for help, that her parents were in a fight. … She sounded pretty desperate." Rowlen looked over the balcony and saw a bloodied man two floors down who looked like he was ready to jump. Rowlen's wife yelled to him to stop, which he apparently did.

Rowlen says the yelling intensified and there was fighting "between men … somebody hurt somebody’s sister," he adds, "it was a family dispute." Passengers didn't learn of the death until Wednesday morning. The ship carrying 3,400 people and 1,100 crew left Seattle on Sunday and docked in Juneau early Wednesday, where passengers were stuck on board for eight hours. They reported a somber mood but others complained that excursions to the city and a glacier had been canceled. A rep for Princess Cruises tells CBS that compensation was being arranged for day-trippers who missed out. "I was hoping we'd be cruise people. We may not be after this," passenger Suzanne Ragsdale of Houston tells the AP. (A woman vanished during a cruise and her husband told no one.)

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