Disney Cruise Line says the Mexican Navy has called off the search for the crewmember who has been missing from Disney Wonder since Tuesday. The 1,754-passenger ship returned to Los Angeles as scheduled on Sunday and is now sailing on its next Mexican Riviera cruise.
The BBC names the woman as 24-year-old Rebecca Coriam, a youth counselor from Chester, England.
According to Disney spokeswoman Christi Erwin Donnan, the crewmember was reported missing Tuesday morning when she failed to report for duty. Several thorough inspections of the ship were conducted, one as recently as Saturday.
The line's latest statement says it has "been working with all of the appropriate authorities. Rebecca's disappearance has been difficult for everyone at Disney Cruise Line. We've been in close contact with the Coriam family, and we're assisting them in any way we can."
ABC News reports that Coriam's parents and aunt flew to Los Angeles to meet the ship. "We just don't know what happened to her, do we?" Rebecca's mother, Ann Coriam, said in an ABC television interview. "And that's just the worst. We've got to find out what happened."
According to the Coriams, Rebecca's roommate says Rebecca placed a phone call to a friend early Tuesday, just hours before failing to show up for her shift. "They say they know what the conversation was, but they're not telling us," her cousin, Trish Davies, told ABC. "They say they've got to wait for the investigation." However, the Coriams say they aren't sure that Rebecca was ever on the ship at all and would like proof.
The line has been in contact with the F.B.I. and the Bahamian Maritime Authority, which is leading the investigation on this matter. (Disney Wonder is registered in the Bahamas, and so the flag state takes the reins in this case.) The Mexican Navy out of Cabo San Lucas conducted a search along the ship's route, which has now ended. Authorities have also "spoken with the crewmember's colleagues to gather as much information as possible," according to another Disney statement.
Disney Wonder was sailing a seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise out of Los Angeles. The ship was at sea Monday and Tuesday, when the crewmember went missing.