Amber Malkuch, Cruise Passenger Commits Suicide, Found Overboard
Amber Malkuch, a cruise ship passenger on board Holland America's ship the Zaamndam, was found overboard in what authorities believe to be a suicide. The 45-year-old woman was last seen ordering room service just after midnight and then she vanished, and a spokeswoman for Holland America said it appears to be a suicide.
Malkuch was reported missing by a friend sharing her cabin on Monday morning when the ship was in Glacier Bay National Park. It embarked on the seven-day cruise from Seattle on Friday.
There was no apparent sign of foul play, authorities said. They launched a massive search for Malkuch after she disappeared.
Her cabinmate reported Amber's disappearance at 9am the next morning, but it is unclear why she didn't let authorities know earlier. Many of the circumstances are still a mystery.
The body was found at about 4:30pm near Douglas Island, about 12 miles northwest of where she would have gone overboard.