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: Caucasian female with Brown hair and green eyes. Amy has multiple tattoos; a Tasmanian devil tattoo on her left shoulder, a Chinese symbol tattoo on her middle back and right ankle, and a blue-green gecko tattoo near her navel. Amy has a navel ring, and multiple ear piercings
Details: In March 1998, Amy Bradley and her family began a Caribbean cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas. They had to convince her to join them. She was afraid of the ocean. She was reluctant about going up to the rail, it gave her a kind of scared feeling. Despite her fears, she began to enjoy the ship's party atmosphere. On the night of March 24, she and her brother, Brad, partied late at the ship's night club. At 3:40am, Brad returned to the family’s cabin. Not long after, Amy joined him. They sat out on the balcony and talked. She mentioned how she was not feeling very well because of the ship's motion. Brad decided to go to bed. When their father woke up, at about 5:30 he noticed that Amy was asleep on the balcony and that the door was closed.
Thirty minutes later, however, Amy's father discovered that she was missing and that the door was open. That morning, the ship docked in Curacao. Her 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 her was broadcast across the ship. However, at that time, most of the passengers had already disembarked. The captain then ordered a room-to-room search. Despite searching all 10 decks and all 999 rooms, no trace of her was found. The ocean was also searched for three whole days, and nothing turned up. Officials suspected that she either fell off the ship, jumped, or left of her own accord.
Amy's family did not believe this because she was afraid of going near the railing. They believe that she left the balcony sometime between 5:30 and 6:00, changed her clothes, and took her cigarettes with her. They do not know where she was going. Crystal Roberts, a witness, had told them that she saw her around 5:45 heading up to the next deck with the bassist in 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, they do not believe that; they believe that she was forced to leave. They suspect that she was drugged, kidnapped, and forced into sexual slavery. This case remains unsolved.
Suspects: Amy was last seen with the bassist in the ship's band. Earlier, several people had noticed him flirting with her. She had told Brad that he tried to dance close with her, but she pushed him away. At 9am on the morning of her disappearance, the bassist talked to Brad, saying he was sorry about what happened to her. However, at that time, only her family and the ship's security knew she was missing. Some have alleged that he kidnapped and sold her into an underground prostitution ring. Some people believe that she is still alive and being held against her will. It has even been theorized that she has had a child in her years of captivity.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 28, 1999 episode. It was also profiled on America's Most Wanted, Disappeared, and Vanished with Beth Holloway. It was once theorized that it could be connected to that of Natalee Holloway, but that has since been dropped.
Results: Unsolved. In August 1998, a Canadian computer engineer claimed to have seen Amy walking down with two men on a beach in Curacao, five months after the disappearance was made public. The witness noticed that the woman was constantly trying to get his attention until he lost sight of her at a nearby cafe. The woman’s tattoos were reportedly identical to Bradley’s and man said he was “two feet away from her” and he was sure it was her with complete certainty. In January 1999, a U.S Navy Petty Officer claimed to have seen a woman who claimed to be Amy Bradley at a brothel in Curacao. He claimed she told him that "her name was Amy Bradley and she begged him for help", explaining that she was held against her will and not allowed to leave and did not report the incident earlier as he feared for his career in the Navy having been in a brothel. The witness only contacted Amy’s family after he retired and saw her picture in a magazine. There was no evidence to support the witness’s claim. In March 2005 There was another potential sighting in 2005 when a witness named Judy Maurer claimed to have seen Bradley in a department store restroom in Barbados. She claimed a woman entered the restroom accompanied by three men who proceeded to threaten her if she did not follow through on a deal. She alleges that after the men left, she approached the distraught woman who said that her first name was Amy and that she was from Virginia before the men re-entered and took her away. Maurer called authorities and they created composite sketches of three men and the woman based on her account. In September 2005, an image of a young woman resembling Bradley that was emailed to her parents was shown on the program and it suggests that she might have been sold into sexual slavery. An email was sent to the Bradley family website containing two photographs of a woman that closely resembled Amy. The photographs were observed by a member of an organization that attempts to track victims on sites that feature sex workers. The woman in the photo has been said to appear “distraught and despondent” and was a sex worker known as Jas.
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 Amy has never been located. In 2017, the FBI became involved in this case. A $250,000 reward is being offered for information in it.
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