Woman killed aboard cruise ship off Southeast Alaska
FBI agents responded from the bureau’s Anchorage office to investigate the suspicious death of a woman aboard a cruise ship off Southeast Alaska.
Anchorage FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said the death, aboard the Emerald Princess near Juneau, was reported to the FBI Wednesday morning.
“It was in water outside of any state’s territory,” Feger-Pellessier said. “That’s why it’s our jurisdiction.”
The crime scene aboard the cruise ship had been secured by late Wednesday morning, Feger-Pellessier said, and the FBI sent an evidence response team from Anchorage to Juneau. The identity of the victim, as well as any word on the status of any suspects, wasn't immediately available.
In a statement, Princess Cruises said that a domestic dispute occurred aboard the Emerald Princess at about 9 p.m. Tuesday “resulting in the death of a 39-year-old female guest from Utah.”
“Since the incident, our fleet security team has been coordinating with the FBI and other local authorities,” Princess officials wrote.
By late Wednesday morning, the cruise ship was tied up alongside a Juneau dock. None of the passengers was allowed to debark, however.
Kirby Day, a Princess Cruises employee in Juneau, said the Emerald Princess had been scheduled to arrive in Juneau at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, but its arrival was expedited to 8 a.m. due to the death on board.
Passengers were likely to be kept aboard for a few more hours, Day said, but would hopefully be released by 2 p.m. to join pre-scheduled tours.
The Emerald Princess, on a one-week cruise out of Seattle since July 23, had been scheduled to make a scenic cruise of Tracy Arm Fjord on Wednesday. Princess officials said that excursion had been canceled.
Liz Raines contributed information to this story.