Royal Caribbean: Man charged with crew member’s death

Mexican authorities charged a 24-year old national with the murder of a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship crew member, the company said.

The 32-year old victim was a crew member aboard a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, Allure of the Seas. She did not report back to the ship before it departed Cozumel on Feb. 4, and her body was discovered the next day in the water off of a remote beach in Cozumel.

Law enforcement in Cozumel charged a 24-year-old resident and bartender with the murder. The man and the crew member were “casually acquainted for several months and he followed her for a period of time before killing her along the roadway on her way back to the ship,” Royal Caribbean said in a news release, citing published reports.

“We thank the Mexican authorities for their commitment to quickly solving the murder of our crew member, Monika Markiewicz,” Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a news release.

“Her untimely death is tragic and has saddened all of us at Royal Caribbean,” Goldstein said. “We have informed Monika’s family in Poland of (this) news update and we will continue to be in contact with them and to support them during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”

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