Kristy Manzanares, 39, died aboard the Emerald Princess ship in Alaska after a domestic dispute says the FBI.
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The FBI has a suspect in custody in connection with the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman aboard a cruise ship traveling in Alaska waters.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it would announce charges in the death of Kristy Manzanares alongside representatives from the Coast Guard and FBI Thursday morning, ABC News reported. She was found dead by crew aboard the Emerald Princess following a domestic dispute Tuesday around 9 p.m.
Charles Rowlen and his wife told KOMO News they were two decks above at the time of the incident.
“It was an evening for us … definitely heard a woman screaming,” he said. “A little girl from that room came running out calling for help … that her parents had been in a fight.
“She sounded pretty desperate.”
The name of the suspect has not yet been released.
The ship had embarked on a seven-day round trip from Seattle on Sunday but was diverted to Alaska’s capital city nearly five hours ahead of schedule Wednesday after the tragedy unfolded. It was originally scheduled to carry it’s 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew on a scenic tour around the Tracy Arm fjord near Juneau, but the event was cancelled.
Those aboard said the ship was placed on lockdown as investigators interviewed people across several decks aboard the Princess Cruise ship. Some were reportedly held in their rooms while others were able to walk about the cruiser, but not leave.
Passengers were eventually allowed to disembark around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and no further changes to the cruise’s schedule are expected, ABC News reported.
The FBI has jurisdiction in the case because it happened on the water.
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Source: NY Daily News/ Jessica Schladebeck
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