Mindy Jordan--Lost at Sea, No Clear Answers, Alleged "Troubled Relationship" With Caputo
MINDY JORDAN OVERBOARD--UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION UNFOLDS
New Details as of Saturday, May 17, 2008--Domestic violence between Jordan and Caputo. See article HERE.
New Details as of Friday, May 16, 2008:
(SOURCE)--The FBI is sending video from the cruise liner to its lab to be enhanced - and also will examine the railing from Mindy Jordan's stateroom and a glass partition from the ship.
Some Telling Clues?
Jim Margolin of the New York FBI office said he didn't know if the glass partition was located between Jordan's stateroom and the one occupied by the couple with whom she and her boyfriend, Jorge Caputo, were traveling aboard the Norwegian Dawn.
But the original statement from Norwegian Cruise Lines said that Jordan, 46, fell into the stormy Atlantic on Mother's Day while "attempting to climb from one exterior balcony on Deck Nine to the adjoining balcony."
On Wednesday, the cruise line issued a second statement saying that the surveillance cameras indicated that Jordan was alone when she went into the water.
According to the tapes, she and Caputo had returned from dinner at 7:28 p.m. and he left the stateroom at 7:36 p.m. to visit the other couple.
"At 7:53, surveillance cameras from the exterior of the ship capture Mindy falling overboard from her balcony, straight into the water...shortly thereafter, an emergency call was made from the friends' stateroom and Jorge is seen exiting to seek help," the company said.
Jordan's mother, Louise Horton, said that her daughter Mindy Jordan and Caputo had a troubled relationship. Horton earlier stated that Caputo called her the morning after Mindy fell to tell her that her daughter had died in an accident while they were "clowning around." Horton has said she fears "foul play".
Latest update as of Thursday, May 15, 2008
(SOURCE)--Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line says surveillance video from an interior hallway shows that Jordan was alone in their room from 7:36 p.m. until 7:53 p.m., when an exterior camera shows her falling from the balcony.
The cruise line has said its preliminary investigation indicated that Jordan slipped while trying to climb over from her room's balcony to a neighboring balcony where her boyfriend, Jorge Caputo, was visiting with friends.
Jordan's mother, Louise Horton, said the cruise line has told her about the surveillance video, which hasn't been made public, and that she doesn't believe the video shows exactly what happened leading up to the fall."If that happened, how would they know that?"
The exterior video shows the railing of the balcony, but not the area inside of that. She said she had not seen it and was not certain whether it shows what Jordan was doing before she fell.
Mark Mershon, an FBI assistant director, stated that the video quality is not clean enough to determine exactly what happened. But, he said, "The information that we have acquired does not suggest a crime, but that is not definitive.
Horton said she has declined the cruise line's offer to fly her to Bermuda to see the video and pick up her daughter's belongings. She says she's asked for the video to be sent to her -- something the cruise line would not do.
The video is being provided to authorities, but not to the media. The FBI is investigating the fall. Agents met the ship in Bermuda on Wednesday and interviewed some people aboard.
Jim Margolin, a spokesman for the FBI's New York office, said the agency might not make an announcement if its probe finds that no crime was committed.
The cruise line released a timeline of events that led up to Jordan going overboard. The sequence was described as follows:
Latest update as of Wednesday, May 14, 2008 8:00 PM EST:
Mindy Jordan's mother was on Nancy Grace this evening. There are different scenarios and conflicting reports by Mindy's "boyfriend", Jorge. Jorge told Mindy's mother she (they) were fooling around and she fell. After he gave that statement, he reportedly told the authorities he was in another room with another couple and did not know she fell. Surveillance tape shows that she fell, but the tape is useless since it doesn't show HOW she fell or if there was anyone next to or near her.
Now the million dollar question is: How could Jorge, the boyfriend, summoned for help immediately if he was supposedly in another room and not see her fall? Why would he tell Mindy's mother that "they were fooling around" and she fell and then turn around and tell the authorities he was in another room? Why the inconsistent statements?
The Coast Guard on Monday suspended an ocean search for a Pine Hill woman missing from a cruise ship, but family members said they're still looking for answers about their loved one's disappearance.
Mindy Jordan, 46, fell overboard from the Norwegian Dawn about 7:50 p.m. Sunday, when the cruise ship was about 45 miles northeast of Atlantic City, according to the Coast Guard.
But Jordan's relatives want an investigation into the incident, her sister, Julie August of Mount Laurel, said Monday.
"My sister is a professional. She's a nurse and a mother," said August. "This is not somebody who's going to be jumping up on a rail."
Relatives learned of Jordan's disappearance from her boyfriend and traveling companion, Jorge Caputo of Pine Hill, August said.
"He said she was clowning around and she fell over," said August. "Who knows? We weren't there."
But, she contended, "It's just not adding up."
A Coast Guard spokesman said a "marine casualty investigation" will look into the cruise ship's operation during the incident.
"From what I understand, the FBI's also involved in this particular case," said the spokesman, Petty Officer Christopher Evanson. "They are separate investigations."
An FBI representative could not be reached for comment.
Caputo also could not be reached as the cruise ship, which left New York at 4 p.m. Sunday, continued en route to Bermuda.
The Coast Guard, which was told of Jordan's disappearance at 8:21 p.m. Sunday, conducted a helicopter search over about 60 square miles until shortly after 3 a.m. Monday.
Norwegian Dawn crew members also threw life rings into the ocean and deployed a small boat to look for Jordan.
The Coast Guard search, which was suspended due to bad weather, would be resumed only if more is learned about Jordan's location, Evanson said.
Family members expect the worst.
"It's been such a long time," said August, who said Jordan is the mother of two teenage children.
"My mother had talked to her (by phone) while she was on her way to the ship, and she sounded fine," added August. "She was happy to be going."
She described Jordan, a licensed practical nurse who provided home health care, as "loving and warmhearted."
"She generally took care of children who were dying or on life support," said August. "That tells you the kind of person she was."
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ATLANTIC CITY - Monday's stormy weather forced the Coast Guard to call off the search for a woman who apparently fell off a cruise ship about 45 miles northeast of the resort, officials said.
The U.S. Coast Guard said it received a call at about 8:21 p.m. Sunday that a 46-year-old woman on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship fell overboard. A helicopter crew from the Atlantic City station arrived about 40 minutes later and ran search patterns until 10:53 p.m., with no success. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Cape Cod, Mass., arrived shortly after midnight and searched for three hours until they were forced to quit because of bad weather.
The search for the passenger resumed Monday morning, but was called off at about noon because of foul weather, said Petty Officer Nyx Cangemi, of the Atlantic City station.
The operation was one of four weather-related rescues launched from the Atlantic City station Monday, Cangemi said.
"It's been a busy, busy day since we've had this foul weather come through," Cangemi said.
"...What they told me on the phone was she fell over the railing and fell to something down on a lower deck and that he ran to try and save her but she lost her grip and fell," Louise Jordan told the television station.