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Cruise Ship Passenger Reported Missing

October 14, 2006|From the Associated Press

The FBI said Friday it was investigating a report of a passenger missing from a cruise ship.

The passenger was reported missing after the Norwegian Star docked at the Port of Los Angeles early Friday, said Ken Smith, FBI spokesman.

The Norwegian Cruise Line vessel had been on a trip to Mexico, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

KCAL-TV Channel 9 reported that a woman passenger fell or jumped off the ship in Mexican waters as it headed toward Los Angeles.

Norwegian Star's website indicated that the ship's last stop would have been Wednesday at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Smith said late Friday that he could not confirm those reports.

"We're not going into any further detail about any of the circumstances," he said. "In reference to all those reports out there -- I cannot confirm any of that information."

A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said his agency was not involved in the investigation or search.

A spokeswoman for Norwegian Cruise Line did not return a message left Friday after business hours.

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