Amy Lynn Bradley vanished aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas while sailing to Curacao in March 1998. Her family got a distressing picture showing her fate seven years later.
Ron Bradley noticed his daughter Amy Lynn Bradley relaxing calmly as he looked out of his cabin’s balcony on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship at approximately 5:30 am on March 24, 1998. He checked again thirty minutes later and saw that she had vanished, never to be seen again.
The most straightforward theory for Amy Lynn Bradley’s disappearance is that she slipped overboard and was sucked up by the ocean’s waves. The ship was not far from shore, but Bradley was a skilled lifeguard and a good swimmer.
Investigators have been confused for decades by Amy Lynn Bradley’s disappearance.
Her disappearance appears more malicious than if she had just been lost at sea. There have been several disturbing reports of her since Bradley left. In 2005, someone even gave her confused family a heartbreaking photo that said she had been sold into sexual slavery.
This is Amy Lynn Bradley’s disturbing, unresolved mystery.
A Family’s Caribbean Vacation Comes To A Nightmarish End
On March 21, 1998, the Bradley family — Ron and Iva, together with their grown children Amy and Brad — boarded the Rhapsody Of The Seas in Puerto Rico. From Puerto Rico, they would go to Aruba and then to Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles.
The ship was boarded close to Curacao’s coastline on March 23, the night before Amy Lynn Bradley went missing. At first sight, it appeared to be a normal cruise ship night. Amy and her brother enjoyed themselves in the ship’s club.
The siblings went to bed at one in the morning. They all went back to the cabin owned by their family.Brad would never again see his sister, and it would be the final time.Brad said, “Before I went to sleep that night, the last thing I ever spoke to Amy was, I love you. It has always been tremendously comforting to me to know it was the last thing I spoke to her.
Ron Bradley spotted his daughter on the deck of his family’s cabin. Everything appeared in order. She wasn’t there when he next searched for her.
To check on his daughter, Ron entered her bedroom. She was not present. It didn’t appear like Amy Lynn Bradley had brought anything with her other than smokes and a lighter. Even her sandals were still on the ground.
The family searched the ship’s communal spaces as their concerns grew. They pleaded with the cruise ship employees to postpone the stop at Curacao, but they were disregarded.The gangplank was dropped the next morning. The crew and passengers might leave the ship.
Amy Lynn Bradley had a chance to slink away if she departed on her own accord. Her family, however, could not accept the idea that she would have fled. In addition to her beloved pet bulldog, Daisy, Amy Lynn Bradley had a new job and a new apartment back in Virginia.
What’s even more alarming is that by arriving in Curacao, any potential kidnappers would have had plenty of time to grab Amy Lynn Bradley off the ship and disappear in the crowd.
The Anxious And Ineffective Search For Amy Lynn Bradley
The personnel of the cruise liner offered little help as the Bradley family urgently looked for their daughter.
Bradley was not pulled up until the ship had arrived at a port, per the crew. They didn’t want to make a big deal out of her absence or display her picture around the ship for fear of upsetting other travelers. Although the ship was searched, neither the staff cabins nor the guest rooms were examined by the crew.
Amy Lynn Bradley may have gone overboard, but that seemed doubtful. She had lifeguard training and was a proficient swimmer. Nobody could discover any proof that she had fallen or been pushed. Furthermore, there didn’t appear to be any evidence of a corpse in the water.
The family then focused on the crew of the cruise ship. They thought several passengers had been paying their daughter “particular attention.”
Iva Bradley said to Dr. Phil, “We saw right away there was a great deal of attention toward Amy from the crew members.
When the cruise docked in Aruba, Ron Bradley recalled one of the servers asking for Amy’s name and requesting to take her to Carlos and Charlie’s Restaurant. He questioned Amy about it, and she said, “I wouldn’t go and do anything with any of those crew members. They make me feel uneasy.
Natalee Holloway, an American teenager who vanished in Aruba in 2005, was last seen at Carlos and Charlie’s Restaurant makes this narrative much creepier.
The Bradley family also heard from eyewitnesses who claimed to have seen Amy early the morning she vanished, around 6 am, with Alister Douglas, alias Yellow, near the ship’s dance club. Yellow disagreed.
The family of Amy Lynn Bradley would write to the White House, foreign governments, and politicians in the next months. When they received no helpful replies, they hired private investigators, set up a website, and opened a 24-hour hotline. Nothing.
Iva Bradley stated, “My gut sense to this day is that someone spotted her, someone desired her, and someone kidnapped her.”
Amy Lynn Bradley’s Disturbing Sightings Deepen The Mystery
The family’s worries concerning Amy Lynn Bradley’s disappearance were not unjustified. Many individuals in the Caribbean have claimed to have seen their daughter throughout the years, even though the first inquiry was unsuccessful.
Five months after Amy vanished, in August 1998, two Canadian vacationers saw a lady on a beach who resembled Amy. The lady shared several tattoos with Amy, including a Tasmanian Devil holding a basketball on her shoulder, a sun on her lower back, a Chinese sign on her right ankle, and a reptile on her navel.
David Carmichael, one of the visitors, claims to be “100%” certain that Amy Lynn Bradley was the person who was killed.
During a visit to a brothel in Curacao in 1999, a member of the Navy encountered a lady who identified herself as Amy Lynn Bradley. She asked him to help her. However, he chose not to disclose it out of fear of repercussions. The policeman held onto the knowledge until he noticed Amy Lynn Bradley’s image in People magazine.
Another hopeful clue was given to the family later that year, but it turned out to be a heartbreaking con. A guy by the name of Frank Jones claimed to be a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces who could free Amy from the hands of armed Colombians keeping her captive in Curacao. Before realizing he was a con artist, the Bradleys handed him $200,000.
After that, Ron Bradley said, “If there’s a possibility, what else do you do? What would you do if it were your child? So I suppose we gambled. And I suppose we dropped.
The reports of sightings continued. A lady claimed to have spotted Bradley in a department store bathroom in Barbados six years later. The lady she encountered, who identified as “Amy from Virginia,” was allegedly battling with two or three other males, according to the witness.
The Bradleys also got an email in 2005 with a picture of a lady who seemed to be Amy lying on a bed in her underpants. The image was spotted by a group member that tracks sex trafficking victims on pornographic websites, and they suspected it might be Amy.
The woman in the image is known as “Jas”; she is a sex worker in the Caribbean. Sadly, this disturbing tip didn’t produce any fresh leads.
Amy Lynn Bradley’s disappearance is still being looked into as of right now. The Bradley family and the FBI both have large incentives available for information on her whereabouts.Her disappearance is still a troubling mystery, though, as of right now.