In America, we seem to have an insatiable craving for stories about people who go missing under mysterious circumstances. We read books, watch movies, and even swap theories. What we seem to love most is when the person reappears and is reunited with their family with the mystery being solved.
That ending rarely happens, which is why the parents of Amy Lynn Bradley, who has been missing since 1998, were spurred to action when they thought they spotted her 16 years later.
In the spring of 1998, Amy Lynn Bradley was vacationing with her parents and brother aboard the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas bound for the Caribbean island of Curacao. Three days into the happy and blissful getaway, Amy mysteriously vanished, leaving her loved ones baffled at how she might have disappeared from a cruise ship at sea.
On the last night she was seen alive, Amy and her brother were enjoying the house band, Blue Orchid, when Amy made a connection with band member Alister Douglas. According to Douglas, the two partied together until 1 am. At 5:15 am, Amy’s father saw her sleeping on the deck outside the parents’ room. However, when dad arose at 6 am, she was gone.
No one on the boat could find her, and despite calm and clear waters that night, her body was never found overboard.
What could be more mysterious than vanishing from a boat at sea in the middle of the night without a trace? The stories make this tale even more chilling.
The same year Amy disappeared, two Canadian tourists reported spotting Amy walking along a beach in curacao. They described tattoos identical to ones that Amy had- a Tasmanian Devil on her shoulder, a sun on her lower back, a Chinese symbol located on her right ankle, and a Gecko lizard on her navel.
According to the report they filed with the authorities, the woman took notice of them when she realized they were speaking English. She rushed over to them, attempting to talk with them, when two men nabbed her and escorted er into a nearby cafe.
one year later, an American Naval officer patronizing a brothel in Curacao was approached by a woman with the same tattoos. Again, she attempted to communicate, but was intercepted by a strange man. The officer alleges that before she was whisked away, she told him that “her name was Amy Bradley and she begged him for help.”
In 2005, an eyewitness named Judy Mawer encountered a woman she believes to be Amy Bradley in a department store bathroom in Barbados. Mawer claims that she heard a man yelling at a woman in the stall next to hers. When she exited her stall, she saw a woman in her 30s, trembling and hunched over the bathroom sink. Mawer said the woman introduced herself as Amy, from Virginia.
Later that year, Amy’s parents appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, brandishing a photo that had been recently emailed to them. In the photo was Amy, posing in a very sexually provocative way. For many years, Amy’s parents believed she was involved in a sex trafficking ring, but today they believe it might be a different kind of trafficking outfit. They are offering a $250,000 reward for any information about Amy’s disappearance.
What do you think really happened to Amy Lynn Bradley.