Real Name: Amy Lynn Bradley
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Curacao, Netherland Antilles
Date: March 24, 1998
Occupation: College Graduate
Date of Birth: May 24, 1974
Weight: 120 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Brown hair, green eyes, a Tasmanian devil tattoo on her left shoulder, a Chinese symbol tattoo on her middle back and right ankle, a blue-green gecko tattoo near her navel, a navel ring, and multiple ear piercings
Details: In March of 1998, Amy Bradley and her family began a Caribbean cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas. Her family had to convince her to come with them, as she was afraid of the ocean. She was especially afraid of going up to the railing. Despite her fears, she began to enjoy the ship's party atmosphere. On the night of March 24, Amy and her brother Brad partied late at the ship's nightclub. At 3:40AM, Brad returned to the family's cabin. A few minutes later, Amy returned as well. The two sat out on the cabin's balcony and talked. She mentioned how she was not feeling very well because of the motion of the boat. Brad decided to go to bed. When her father woke up, he noticed that Amy was asleep on the balcony and that the balcony door was closed.
Thirty minutes later, however, her father discovered that she was missing and that the balcony door was open. That morning, the ship docked in Curacao. Amy's family began searching for her. They asked the crew to page her, but they were reluctant to do so because it was early in the morning. At 7:50AM, the first page to Amy was broadcast across the ship. However, at that time, most of the passengers had already disembarked in Curacao. The captain then ordered a room-to-room search of the ship. Despite searching all 10 decks and all 999 rooms, no trace of her was found. The ocean was also searched for 3 whole days, and nothing turned up. Officials suspected that she either fell off the ship, jumped, or left of her own accord.
Her family did not believe this because she was afraid of going near the railing. Her family believes that she left her balcony sometime between 5:30 and 6AM, changing her clothes and taking her cigarettes with her. They do not know where she was going. Crystal Roberts, a witness, had told the Bradleys that she saw her around that same time headed up to the next deck with the bass player of the ship's band. About ten minutes later, he returned by himself. No evidence was found to incriminate him, other than the fact that he was the only person aside from her family and security to know that she was missing.
Authorities could find no concrete evidence to link him to Amy's disappearance. They suspected that she may have left the ship voluntarily without telling her family. However, her parents do not believe that; they believe that she was forced to leave. They suspect that she was drugged, kidnapped, and forced into sexual slavery. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
Suspects: Amy was last seen with a member of the ship's band. Earlier, several people had noticed him flirting with her. She had told her brother Brad that he tried to dance close with her, but she pushed him away. At 9AM on the morning of her disappearance, the man talked to Brad, saying he was sorry about what happened to Amy. However, at that time, only the Bradleys and the ship's security knew she was missing. Some have alleged that he kidnapped and sold her into the underground Caribbean prostitution ring around Curacao.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 28, 1999 episode. Amy's Disappearance was profiled on various media such as America’s Most Wanted and Vanished with Beth Holloway. It was once theorized that it could be connected to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, but this connection has since been dropped.
Results: Unsolved. In 1999, a Naval officer on Curacao believed he encountered Amy in a brothel asking for help. Two Canadian tourists saw a woman matching her description with the correct tattoos on a beach in the company of two men who quickly hustled her away. In 2005, a witness named Judy Maurer claimed to have seen Bradley in a department store restroom in Barbados. A photo of a woman matching her description was found on an adult website.
It is believed that natives of the islands have been masking drinks with date-rape drugs in order to kidnap and force women into prostitution. The sightings have never been confirmed, however, and she has never been located. In 2017, the FBI became involved in the case. A $250,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.
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