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xx Amy Bradley - March 98 Cruise Ship Disappearance
« Thread started on: Sep 10th, 2004, 1:47pm »

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FOUL PLAY is suspected in the March 24, 1998, mysterious disappearance of AMY LYNN BRADLEY...a vibrant, beautiful and intelligent 23 years young girl who recently graduated college and has a very promising future. She was on a vacation cruise with her family in the Caribbean at the time of her disappearance.

AMY is an American citizen who 'vanished' while aboard a foreign vessel in international waters. She was leisurely traveling with her mother, father and younger brother aboard the cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas (a Norwegian Flag Ship) which is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines of Miami, Florida. The cruise ship was near docking procedures into port in the island of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, the Caribbean. It is known that Amy left her Cabin in the wee hours of the morning of March 24, 1998, with her cigarettes and lighter...predictably she was not wearing shoes because where she thought she was going, she would not be gone long and would not need her shoes. This is where the mystery begins! Who was Amy going to meet at this time of the morning? Why would she take her cigarettes and lighter? There are many questions here that need answering, but unfortunately neither Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines nor any Government authorities are providing any answers and, at this time, it appears that neither of these entities are making any inquiries at all regarding Amy's disappearance.

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xx Re: Amy Bradley - March 98 Cruise Ship Disappear..
« Reply #1 on: Oct 7th, 2004, 10:41am »

Additional Links for More Information Amy Lynn Bradley

Featured on Unsolved Mysteries
http://www.unsolved.com/1104-Bradley.html


Without A Trace Features Amy Bradley
http://www.cbs.com/primetime/without_a_trace/missing_person/bradley_amy.shtml

Good Works on Earth - The Amy Bradley Disappearance
http://www.goodworksonearth.org/amylynnbradley.html

FBI Profile on Amy Bradley
http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/kidnap/bradley.htm
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xx Amy Interrupted
« Reply #2 on: Oct 7th, 2004, 10:43am »

Since her daughter Amy’s disappearance nine days earlier, Iva Bradley hadn’t been in the habit of letting it ring any longer than that. She had transformed the family dining room where her husband, Ron, kept a desk for his insurance business into a “command center” with a new white Trimline phone hooked up to a recently installed hotline number. World maps and photos of Amy were tacked on the walls.


On the other end was a middle-age sounding man with a deep voice. He was speaking Spanish.

“Un momento. Un momento, por favor,” Iva said quickly, frantically waving to her younger brother Paul Noblin, who was also in the room. “OK, OK,” the man on the other end said in a thick Spanish accent.

It was to be the first promising lead in the puzzling disappearance of Amy Bradley, a vivacious, attractive 23-year-old from Chesterfield County, a 1996 graduate of Longwood College, who was a star basketball player there and the only student in the school’s history to receive a full athletic scholarship. The strange nature of the case has attracted national attention, from a front page story in the New York Times to the “Leeza” show, “America’s Most Wanted” and “Unsolved Mysteries,” which is slated to air a segment about Amy on May 28. Cosmopolitan magazine is also planning a piece on Amy.

On March 24, 1998, while on vacation with her mother, father and brother Brad, Amy Bradley vanished from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas, which was preparing to dock in Curacao. Her father, Ron Bradley, was the last to see her as she sat on a deck chair on the balcony of cabin No. 8564, the family’s stateroom, at about 5:30 that morning.

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xx CBS - Con Man Dupes Missing Woman's Family
« Reply #3 on: Oct 7th, 2004, 10:45am »

When Ron and Iva Bradley got an e-mail from self-described soldier of fortune Frank Jones in the fall of 1999, it seemed like the answer to their prayers

The Bradleys' daughter Amy had disappeared from a Caribbean cruise the previous March, when she was 23, and the family had recently heard from a witness that she was being held by armed Colombians on the Dutch island of Curacao.

Jones told the family he was a former U.S. Army Special Forces officer with a team of ex-Army Rangers and ex-Navy Seals who might be able to rescue Amy. "He told me that he'd put Amy on his own back and swim her out of there," said Iva Bradley.

Officials on the Dutch island of Curacao, where Amy disappeared, had told the family they could do nothing because there was no evidence of a crime, and an investigation by the FBI had made little progress. Jones seemed to offer the best hope of getting Amy out.

In the year since their daughter's disappearance, the Bradleys' high-profile campaign to find her — along with their offer of a $250,000 reward — had attracted scores of reports that led only to dead ends. But Jones seemed legitimate to them, and agreed to hire him to help recover Amy.

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xx For Amy on March 24, 2005
« Reply #4 on: Mar 24th, 2005, 05:29am »

Thinking of Amy today on this unfortunate anniversary of her disappearance. Hoping for answers SOON for her whereabouts. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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xx For Amy on May 12, 2005
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Thinking of Amy today on her birthday. Hoping for answers soon for her disappearance. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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xx Holloway Not Only American Missing In Aruba
« Reply #6 on: Jun 7th, 2005, 12:34pm »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Another family said they know exactly what the parents of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who has been missing in Aruba since last week, are going through. They've been dealing with the same nightmare for seven years.
The Bradleys, of Virginia, went on a cruise in 1998 and Aruba was one of the stops. That's where their daughter disappeared.
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Iva Bradley said her 23-year-old daughter, Amy, befriended three men who worked on the cruise ship and they wanted to take her to a bar in Aruba.

"They said they wanted to take her to a bar on Aruba that was called Carlos and Charlie's," said Bradley. "She made a face and said 'I wouldn't get off the ship with any of those guys anyway. That's creepy.'"

Amy Bradley was last seen in her cabin at 5:15 a.m. By 6 a.m., she was nowhere to be found.

"Imagine if you have a child. You brought that child into the world and every waking moment is geared toward your children," said Iva Bradley. "You go on a trip and come home without one of them and you get no help. It's a pretty devastating 24/ 7 situation."

Bradley's case remains open with the FBI. WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Ala., spoke with her case manager in Barbados but there wasn't much she could say. However, she did confirm reports of a sighting by a Naval officer one year after the woman disappeared.

The officer told the FBI he went to a brothel in Curac'l on Canal. He said an American girl leaned in and said: "My name is Amy Bradley. I need your help."

Unfortunately he didn't report the sighting for sometime and by then the brothel had burned to the ground. The FBI has released sketches of suspects in her case.
There is a $260,000 reward for information leading to Bradley's whereabouts. Her family continues to hope that someone, somewhere, has information that could finally reunite the missing daughter with her parents.

The hot line phone number for the Amy Bradley case is (804) 276-8503.
Judge To Decide If Aruba Suspects Can Be Held In Teen's Case

Investigators in Aruba say a judge is expected to rule Tuesday whether two men charged in Holloway's disappearance can be legally held.

Police say the men were security guards. Neighbors say they worked at a hotel under renovation near the one where Holloway, of Mountain Brook , Ala., stayed. She vanished a week ago while on a high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island.


Officers say they've asked the Justice Ministry for permission to conduct another big search Tuesday for Holloway. But so far they haven't received an answer.

Monday, about 700 volunteers joined police, soldiers and FBI agents. They combed scrubland and beaches on Aruba's southeastern tip.

Aruba's government also allowed 4,000 civil servants off work early to help with the search.


As the search moves forward in Aruba, friends and family of Holloway continue their vigil in Alabama. Hundreds of yellow bows have begun appearing in area shopping centers and on homes, with several local florists reporting they are running out of yellow ribbon.

Back in Alabama, the aunt of Natalee Holloway held a press conference late Monday morning, expressing her belief that somehow the missing teen would return home safely. The appearance was followed by a prayer vigil, held by friends and family at the Mountain Brook Community Church.

Meanwhile, Aruba police said the two men charged in Holloway's disappearance lost their jobs as security guards the day before the Alabama teen vanished. A police officer told The Associated Press the men lost their jobs when their company's contract expired with a hotel near the one where Holloway was staying.
The officer told The Associated Press that police knew the men for hanging around hotels on the resort island and sometimes approaching female guests. Officials said no complaints had been filed.

The officer said one of the men had a brush with the law, but it wasn't a violent or sexual offense. The officer wouldn't elaborate. Hundreds of soldiers, police and volunteers have been searching the island for the 18-year-old, who vanished a week ago Monday
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xx Striking Similarities in Two Disappearances
« Reply #7 on: Jun 10th, 2005, 11:10pm »

June 9, 2005 — One family knows all too well what the relatives of the Alabama high school graduate who disappeared while vacationing in Aruba are going through.

Ron and Iva Bradley see mirror images of themselves when they watch the friends and family of Natalee Holloway on television insisting they will not leave Aruba without her and that they remain hopeful they will find their missing loved one. Holloway, 18, was last seen May 30 while on a five-day trip to the Dutch Caribbean island with classmates celebrating their high school graduation.

The Bradleys have carried similar feelings of helplessness in the seven years that their daughter Amy has been missing.

"Nobody should have to go through what we've been though in the last seven years," Ron Bradley told ABC News affiliate WRIC in Richmond, Va. "I know that Natalee's family is going through the same thing. You have so many thoughts and things that come to your mind and it just doesn't leave you."


Disappearance on a Cruise Ship

Amy Bradley, a 23-year-old recent college graduate who was about to start a new job at the time of her disappearance, vanished in March 1998 while she vacationed with her family on a Caribbean cruise. The Bradleys were on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Rhapsody of the Seas, then a year-old luxury ship, and Aruba was one of the ship's destinations.

The Bradleys say three men who worked on the ship became friendly with Amy and wanted to take her to a bar in Aruba, Carlos 'n Charlie's — the same bar where Holloway was seen eating and dancing the night she disappeared. Holloway never showed up for her flight the next morning, and police found her passport and packed bags in her hotel room.

Bradley's parents say they last saw their daughter dancing along with her brother Brad at a Mardi Gras party on the ship before they retired for the night to the family's suite. The ship's computerized door-lock system showed that Brad returned to the suite at 3:35 a.m. March 24, while Amy arrived five minutes later. Brad Bradley said he and his sister sat on the suite's balcony and talked before he went to sleep. He said he last saw Amy sitting in a lounge chair on the balcony.

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xx Re: Amy Bradley - March 98 Cruise Ship Disappearan
« Reply #8 on: Nov 17th, 2005, 8:36pm »

When nationally known psychologist and talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw (the "Dr. Phil" show) appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Nov. 2, he made some startling statements that turned more heads than usual. Referring to missing American teen Natalee Holloway, Dr. Phil said, "Without giving up too much information, we believe Natalee Holloway is alive." Dr. Phil then discussed one of the world's dirtiest secrets, the sex slave market that sees as many as 1-to-4 million women and children a year traded, sold, tricked, or kidnapped into physical bondage and sexual slavery. The fact that women are used as international chattel is a fact that cannot be disputed. The idea that Natalee Holloway is among the millions of women caught up in this living nightmare has yet to be proved.

Last week I was a guest on a pre-taped "Dr. Phil" show. The show that aired on Thursday, Nov. 17. Other guests included Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, Iva and Ron Bradley, the parents of missing American Amy Bradley, and investigators and witnesses who appear to know something about these missing person cases. Before we went on camera, Beth and I sat together. She was cold and shaking, and she'd obviously lost some weight since I first met her in Aruba this summer. As I put my arm around her I said, "Beth, you know that statistically Natalee is probably dead." (We had discussed this in Aruba.) "I know," she said, "but I can't give up hope." I told her as long as we all remembered Natalee, she'd never be lost.

There's a fine line here - a line between real hope and false hope. The reality is that Natalee may have met her demise at the hands of one or more of the three current principal suspects in her disappearance from Aruba, Joran van der Sloot and the two Kalpoe brothers. I emphasize "may have," because I really don't know. I wasn't there and neither were the many who curtly suggest that Beth should just write her daughter off and move on with her life. "She's (Beth) had too much TV time already," some say, while others, probably parents themselves, say "Please tell Beth we're concerned, tell her we're praying for her."

I have seen many a kidnap victim recovered days, weeks, and even years after most presumed the victim to be dead. Statistics be damned, if Natalee were my daughter I'd pursue any and every investigative avenue possible until I was able to determine her ultimate fate to my own satisfaction, in reality until I personally closed the coffin lid. That's our job as parents, to never give up on our kids, and to keep that emotional porch light burning just in case late one night they come back home.

Dr. Phil does not suggest that he has any real, investigative-type proof that Natalee is alive, but he, like Beth, has not given her up for lost, not yet. During the taping of the show Beth talked about a strange telephone call she recently received, one she thought could have been Natalee trying to call home. Beth has spent years working in the area of speech therapy, listening to others with a keen, trained ear. Were the utterances she heard that night simply a wrong number filtered through the brain of a desperate parent, or the frantic attempt of a missing child to reach her parents? Nobody knows for sure. We do know that the parents of missing Salt Lake City teenager Elizabeth Smart never gave up, never wrote her off as dead. And Elizabeth Smart was eventually found and returned to her family. This is the hoped for conclusion of every parent whose child has been kidnapped. Dr. Phil has sent teams to various international locations in an attempt to verify potential sightings of Natalee Holloway and Amy Bradley. Amy Bradley disappeared off a cruise ship near Curacao, Antilles, in 1998.

Here's the challenge in these situations. No matter what the movies may make you believe, neither the FBI nor the CIA routinely sends teams into foreign countries to rescue missing Americans. The reality is that most such sightings are passed on to the local authorities in the affected country and they in turn are asked to report their findings back to American authorities. Does that leave us to "Dog, the Bounty Hunter" to conduct such investigations, especially if we believe that local authorities may be somewhat reticent to conduct a thorough investigation? Some readers will remember that feisty Texas millionaire Ross Perot had two of his employees taken hostage in Iran in 1979. When the U.S. Government couldn't or wouldn't go after them, Perot mounted a personally financed rescue mission that succeeded in finding and snatching both hostages from under the nose of the Iranians. Should we encourage well-intended and privately financed vigilantism if the government is unable and unwilling to carry on the search? (U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Army Delta Force, and other military teams are fully capable of such international missions.) While any bureaucrat can answer this question in a politically correct manner, what if it were your son or daughter, your wife or husband, or the child or your neighbor - who would look for that loved one in the many dark places and back alleys in this world?

In addition to the three or more alleged sightings of Amy Bradley since her disappearance some seven years ago, someone now has come forward with a picture of a woman working in a Caribbean brothel who bears an amazing resemblance to Amy. Amy's parents have looked at the photo, shown on "Dr. Phil," and other photos of this same woman and believe she bears a strong resemblance to Amy. Although posing in a sensual manner, this young woman does not look happy. This fact alone does not make her a victim of kidnapping and forced sex slavery. In fact she may not be Amy, just another woman who has chosen to work in the world's oldest profession, prostitution. But as I said to Dr. Phil, even if the woman in the photograph is not Amy, and even if Natalee may be dead as opposed to chained to a bed in the back room of some dank Caribbean crack house, there are women, girls, and children from around the world that are forced into a living hell, something beyond the imagination-or nightmares-of most Americans. They are someone's daughter or sister or son or friend, and they too need to be rescued. Who's going to find them and bring them home? I told Beth that her life must be something like the 1993 Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day, where Murray's character must live and relive the same day, over and over again. "That's it," Beth told me. "Every day I get up and hope this was all a bad dream, and then it starts all over again."

Did Dr. Phil stretch his information a little far when he suggested Natalee Holloway may still be alive? Possibly so, but if you, like Dr. Phil or me, got the chance to sit and talk to Natalee's mom and dad, or Amy's mother and father, or the parents of dozens of other missing children, you too would see something special. You would see the hope, the small light of hope in their otherwise tired, worn and frightened eyes that someday their child will walk through the kitchen door, and back into their life, safe at last. Who among you can turn out that light and slam the door on their slim grasp on hope? In most cases, that's all they have, hope and a few pictures of their missing child frozen in history at the time he or she disappeared. Their child is trapped in a time warp and the parents can't reach them, touch them, or talk to them. They can't even bury them. As a parent, can it really get much worse than this?
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xx Re: Amy Bradley - March 98 Cruise Ship Disappearan
« Reply #9 on: Oct 17th, 2006, 2:09pm »

The family of Amy Lynn Bradley is asking all to send/forward the following news and to request your help in publicizing it widely:

NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown returns to Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway this weekend, and features the NASCAR Grand National Division and NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division. This event will be televised LIVE, with the photographs of 12 missing people to be mounted on participating car hoods. 2006 Series Champion Rip Michael is excited to display the photograph of Amy Bradley. Rip Michaels is #1 in point standings as well as the 2006 Series Champion and will be the guy to watch this weekend. Amy's photo has been chosen to be on his car for maximum exposure.

The RACE will be televised LIVE on the SPEED channel at 10 p.m. Saturday(Eastern). The qualifying event will be televised on Friday on SPEED channel at 11 p.m. live (Eastern). Please check your local listings for your area.

Amy's site address is: www.tggweb.com/amybradley/

We want to thank everyone for their support and love.

Sincerely, Ron, Iva and Brad Bradley & extended family

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