Amy Lynn Bradley Still Missing – The disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley has remained a mystery for over 25 years. While there have been several theories and potential sightings, her whereabouts remain unknown. Here is an expanded account of the case, along with related information and theories: Amy Lynn Bradley was born on May 12, 1974, in Petersburg, Virginia. She was a 23-year-old Longwood University graduate at the time of her disappearance. Amy and her family embarked on a Caribbean cruise on the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas, heading towards Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island. The cruise began on March 21, 1998.
On the night of March 23, 1998, Amy and her younger brother Brad went to the ship’s nightclub to dance. Brad decided to return to their cabin earlier than Amy. According to ship records, Brad entered the cabin at around 3:35 a.m., followed by Amy five minutes later. They chatted for a while on the balcony before going to bed. When Amy’s father Ron checked on her at around 6:00 a.m., she was missing from the balcony.
Authorities were alerted, and a search was conducted by the Netherlands Antilles Coast Guard in the surrounding waters and along the cruise route. Speculation initially focused on Amy falling overboard, but this theory was dismissed due to her strong swimming abilities and the lack of evidence. There have been potential sightings of Amy in Curaçao, including one by Canadian witnesses on a beach in August 1998 and another by a U.S. Navy petty officer at a brothel in January 1999. However, none of these sightings have been confirmed.
Over the years, new evidence and theories have emerged regarding Amy’s disappearance. Some theories suggest she may have been sold into human trafficking in the Caribbean. A U.S. Navy officer claimed to have heard a worker at a brothel in the Caribbean claiming to be Amy. In 2005, Amy’s family received an email with photos of a woman resembling Amy, who was reportedly working as a sex worker known as Jas.
Another theory is that Amy was murdered on the ship and thrown overboard. This theory is based on the discovery of a jawbone washed ashore in Aruba. However, the jawbone was later determined not to belong to Amy. There have been suspicions about certain individuals involved in the cruise, including band members and a waiter who approached Amy’s family with a note. Additionally, the absence of Amy’s photos from the professional photographer’s prints raised suspicions that they may have been removed.
In 1999, Amy’s family received an email from a person claiming to be a former U.S. Army Special officer named Frank Jones. He promised to rescue Amy and asked for funds, leading the family to send him $210,000. However, Jones was later found to be a fraud and was convicted of mail fraud. Amy Lynn Bradley was declared legally dead on March 24, 2010, twelve years after her disappearance. The case remains open, and the FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to her recovery or the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
The case gained renewed attention after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005, and it has been featured on various television shows and podcasts, including America’s Most Wanted, Disappeared, Casefile, Crime Junkie, and The Casual Criminalist. Despite extensive efforts to solve the case, Amy Lynn Bradley’s disappearance remains a perplexing mystery, leaving her family searching for answers and closure.