The FBI concluded its investigation into the disappearance of a Florida woman who fell from a cruise ship on Christmas night two years ago. The investigation concluded there was no foul play involving a passenger going overboard the Norwegian cruise ship the Norwegian Pearl.
When the FBI began its investigation they were trying to determine whether the passenger Jennifer Ellis-Seitz, 36, from Winter Haven had actually fallen overboard by accident, possibly jumped or was pushed or thrown overboard. She and her husband Raymond Seitz Jr. were celebrating their first wedding anniversary on a seven day cruise on the Norwegian Pearl.
Ellis-Seitz was a freelance writer in Central Florida. Her family released a statement stating that she was previously having emotional problems and had probably chosen to end her life.
The cruise line was able to provide surveillance footage showing the passenger falling about 15 stories into the waters east of Cancun, Mexico.
Her husband and her mother, who was also onboard, searched the ship looking for her for more than an hour before reporting her missing to the ship's security. Before Norwegian Cruise Line security called the U.S. Coast Guard they searched the entire vessel for the missing passenger who had disappeared during her anniversary cruise.