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FAMILY OF ABDUCTED VIRGINIA WOMAN SUES ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE
MIAMI - The family of Amy Bradley, a Virginia woman missing for nearly a
year, today filed a lawsuit in Miami circuit court against Royal Caribbean
Cruise Line. The lawsuit was filed by Andrew Hall and Michael Gilfarb of
the Miami firm of Hall, David and Joseph, PA. Bradley mysteriously
disappeared while on vacation on a Royal Caribbean ship on the morning of
March 24, 1998. The suit alleges the cruise line was negligent in its
search for Bradley, defamed her father and brother, and caused intentional
emotional damage to the family.
The Complaint charges that Bradley, then 23, was abducted from the ship
"Rhapsody of the Seas." The lawsuit states that Bradley, abducted, hidden
and then forcibly removed from the ship when it docked in Puerto Rico on
March 28, was shoved into a waiting taxi at the terminal. It also states
that Royal Caribbean's indifference to Bradley's disappearance allowed her
presence on the ship to be concealed by her abductor and created
circumstances which permitted her to be held undetected.
Bradley's father last saw her on the balcony of their suite as the ship
approached the Caribbean port of Curacao. Despite an on board search by
Royal Caribbean, a sea search by the U.S. Coast Guard and the assistance of
the FBI, neither Bradley's body nor evidence of an abduction were found
during the days following the disappearance. The family has ruled out
suicide, given their daughter's personality and state-of-mind. Bradley was
to begin a new job upon return to Virginia and had purchased items during
the trip to decorate a new apartment.
The lawsuit seeks damages to be determined by a jury.
Hall, David and Joseph, PA
Phone (305) 374-5030 / Fax (305) 374-5033
March 21, 1999