But not this time. Especially for the family of the missing Disney cruise line crew member. They couldn’t believe what happened to their precious daughter who was very cheerful and fit her job description very well.
After all, if you’re working in a happy place then you must be a happy person as well. Nobody works at Disney and not be happy, right?
So what really happened to this Disney cruise line crew member? Was she hiding a secret? We’re just shocked and we’re sure you will be too. Read on to find out.
12. Bubbly Personality
Rebecca Coriam was a cheerful and optimistic young woman with a desire for making the world smile with her. Her high spirit and intelligence have even got her the perfect job as a youth counselor aboard the Disney Cruise Ship, Wonder.
But in March of 2011, Rebecca received some shocking news over the telephone as Wonder made its way slowly down the Pacific Coast of Mexico. She left the employee lounge and walked out onto the ship’s deck, obviously upset and a bit tense. But no one knew that after that fateful morning, no one would ever see Rebecca again.
11. Her Life
Rebecca, or Bex as she was called by her friends and family, lived with her parents, sister Rachael, and two foster brothers. Influenced by her adventurous nature and the fact that her family had been very active in the community, Bex got a job working at the local zoo.
But once she had gotten into her teens, the “adventurous” life of a zookeeper was just not enough for her. So, she joined the British Army cadets and got a staff volunteer position with them where she was able to participate in outdoor events.
In college she attended Plymouth University, studying sports science but continued some additional classes in youth studies at Liverpool Hope University. Once college was done, it was time for her to find a career worthy of her energy.
10. An Opportunity
She went on to London in June 2010, where she heard that the Disney Cruise line was looking for cruise employees. After a tiring process, Bex was hired and sent to Walt Disney World in Florida to start training. Then after completing her training, she went aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship.
While aboard Wonder, Rebecca was able to visit all Disney ports on the Mexican Riviera and even went through the Panama Canal. But sadly, her grandfather died while she was away and she had to take a break and return to England for the funeral.
Little did her family know, this would be the very last time they will get to see her in person. Although while aboard the ship, they still communicated through Facebook or Skype. Until about six weeks later.
9. Lost at Sea
In was March 21, 2011, Rebecca Coriam sent her parents what would be her very last message to them via facebook saying that she’d call them tomorrow. Her mother replied, but then 12 hours has passed without any response from Rebecca. No calls, no emails, no messages.
Both parents went to bed worried that night. And on the morning of March 22, their phone rang. It was a Disney official calling to tell them that their daughter was missing.
The Disney Wonder had been sailing off the coast of Mexico and was bound for Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. But it appeared that Rebecca had missed the start of her shift. The crew paged her, checked her room, and then went to check the entire ship. Before long it became very clear that Rebecca was not on the ship. Where was she? Investigators started to look for clues.
8. Surveillance Video and Investigation
Disney management and the investigators started to review the security camera footage first. There was only one appearance of her at around 5:45 am. In the video, Rebecca is talking on one of the ship’s internal phones in a crew area. She looked distressed and is asked by another young, male crew member if she’s okay. She answered, “Yea, all right.” and walks off, never to be seen again.
After it had been known that she was no longer on the ship, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican Navy started searching the waters the Wonder had sailed through. Unfortunately, they also found nothing. In the meantime, Rebecca’s parents were on their way to the scene, to help the investigators in any way they could.
7. Scared and Confused Parents
Rebecca’s parents, Mike and Annmaria Coriam were flown out from England to meet with the investigators and Disney officials. Even this friendly gesture seemed to be slightly off-putting. The Bahamian detective admitted that he had only spent one day aboard the ship and he only interviewed a few of the crew before he told them he that she had very likely fallen overboard while swimming in the crew pool.
Both of the Coriams were exhausted, suffering from extreme jet lag and emotionally drained. Because of this, they didn’t ask too many questions. Disney wouldn’t give them the chance to ask them the to ask any questions, not ti ask too many questions. Mike Coriam believed they would have another chance to do so later, but they never did. Afterward, they were taken to Rebecca’s room and presented with her belongings.
6. Questionable Evidence
One of the belongings in question and was this pair of flip flops. The flip flops were found, on Deck 5, near the staff pool, where Rebecca had been swimming when she was said to be swept up in the violent waters and got carried away. However, upon closer inspection, the flip flops showed something different. The flip flops did not belong to Bex.
First, the flip flops were way too big. Also, they were not her style at all. They were pink and flowery, a combination of things that Rebecca didn’t like at all. They weren’t her style. And so, with no new leads, Rebecca’s parents went home brokenhearted to mourn the loss of their daughter. Until they received some more unwelcome news two months later.
5. Suspicious Activities
Rebecca Coriam’s mother received an email from the bank saying they suspect that there had apparently been some suspicious activity on one of her accounts because the bank knew that she had been reported missing. They knew that this could only mean one thing, someone had either stolen her credit card and was using it, or Rebecca was still alive somewhere.
More news of suspicious activity on Rebecca’s accounts began to pour in. In September, Rebecca’s uncle John Jennings said that the password to her Facebook account had been changed because he knew the backup password. It was becoming more and more clear to the Coriams that Disney or someone involved with her disappearance, knew more than they were saying.
A journalist named Jon Ronson decided to get involved in October 2011. He too wanted to know what really happened to Rebecca Coriam and with her parents’ permission, he decided to take a cruise on board the Disney Wonder. There he interviewed several crew members, who wanted to remain anonymous. This confirmed his suspicions, that Disney and the Bahamian police knew more than they were telling about Rebecca’s disappearance.
Still, it looked that everyone he spoke to came to the same conclusion that Rebecca Coriam had gone overboard from inside the crew pool. This was extremely odd because despite the CCTV taped everything there seemed to be no footage of her being swept up. This inconsistency made many other suspicions rise surrounding Bex’s disappearance. One of which pointed to her state of mind.
One crew member told Jon Ronson that the phone call she made during her last morning aboard had been taped and that it involved Rebecca’s girlfriend, Melissa. It looked like the couple had an intense problem. It was the only valid reason that Bex was seen walking around early in the morning alone and not her usual self. There were even rumors of a love triangle but none of it was proven.
Rebecca feeling troubled over the failing relationship and feeling cabin fever for months at sea, committed suicide as conclude by the investigator. All of her family and friends doubt this theory saying that she would never ever harm herself. She was always cheerful and upbeat and it’s that attitude that drove her to apply to Wonder in the first place. The most extreme theory about her disappearance says that she did fall overboard.
2. Fell Onboard?
Maybe she did fall overboard and was able to swim to shore but had lost her memory in the fall. But Rebecca was a skilled athlete and is in top shapes so she would have easily been able to help herself and swim to shore if she needed.
For all we know, she fell in the water and could be picked up by a fishing boat and is now living in a little village in Mexico, unaware of who she really is. This might explain why her credit cards were being used as well.
1. Still Alive?
On the day before the anniversary of her disappearance, though, Mike Coriam, his father, received an email from an unknown woman who claimed to have seen Rebecca in the arm of a dark-haired man in Venice.
Still, why would someone so cheerful and full of love for her family and career just get out and leave? How could she also get into Venice without a passport? Those questions still remain unanswered, but, if she is alive, when will Rebecca Coriam come back home? Or does she still remember her family and who she is?
This heartbreaking story of Rebecca Coriam reminds us that we must appreciate our loved ones always because we’ll never know when our last time with them will be. Sadly, for this cheerful and passionate young lady, her case still remains unsolved.
We don’t know if the investigators or Disney Wonder management is trying to coer up something. But as for now, her friends and family can only hope that she is in good hands.