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A Cruise Ship Christmas Nightmare
The strange ending of Jennifer Seitz
-Lydia R. Proenza
Jennifer Seitz, a 36-year-old writer/journalist from Winter Haven, Florida, appeared to be a happy woman. She and her husband, Raymond, were celebrating their first wedding anniversary cruising the Caribbean aboard the Norwegian Pearl. She had a promising new job with a local newspaper and had worked for the Board of Elections as a writer of training materials for poll workers. Her family says the Seitzs were looking forward to starting a family.
According to a website called ObesityHelp.com, where both Jennifer and Raymond kept online diaries, both had met after conquering their weight issues with gastric bypass surgery. And Jennifer had even written a story about how to keep weight in check while cruising.
Yet, authorities say that a ship surveillance camera showed someone falling overboard around 8 p.m. on Christmas night. Apparently Jennifer fell or jumped off the ship into the dark waters about 15 minutes out of Cancun, Mexico. Her husband and her mother didn’t realize she was missing until 2 a.m. on Friday morning, because they said it was common for her to take walks around the ship when she was unable to sleep.
And are these surveillance cameras monitored or are the tapes reviewed only after someone is reported missing? According to the International Cruise Victims Association, in 2007, 20 passengers went overboard from cruise ships and many have never been found.
As more details of this story are revealed, it keeps getting weirder – first we find out that Jennifer and Raymond took her mother, Donna, along on the anniversary cruise and they were all sharing a mini balcony suite. Then we hear from other passengers who had befriended the couple during the cruise that Raymond didn’t seem too distraught by the fact that Jennifer was missing and probably dead, and was walking around the ship with a bag of quarters saying he was going to the casino to see if his luck would change.
And then comes the strangely worded statement released by the family. “The family suspects that Jennifer chose an unfortunate ending to her life. She was a beautiful and caring person and will be truly missed by all who love her. Jennifer was in a very happy and uplifted mood both before and during the cruise.”
Now, if Jennifer was happy and in a good mood, why would she choose such an unfortunate ending to her life? I can’t wait to see what Nancy Grace’s take on this story is.