39-year-old Utah woman Kristy Manzanares has been identified as the woman who was killed aboard an Alaskan cruise ship after a domestic dispute.
According to a statement from Princess Cruises, Manzanares, a 39-year-old mother of three, died Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess, a ship that was carrying 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members. The weeklong cruise of the Alaskan panhandle that began on Sunday, July 23, from Seattle, Washington.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those impacted by this tragic event,” Princess Cruises said in a statement.
After Manzanares was discovered, the ship docked in Juneau, Alaska, so that FBI investigators could board to conduct their investigation According to Manzanares’ social media accounts, she was a married mother of three daughters who was a real estate agent in St. George, Utah.
The suspect, who remains unnamed, was taken into custody and charged. The suspect is reportedly Manzanares’ husband.
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Princess Cruises confirmed that the domestic dispute occurred at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and resulted in the woman’s death. Passengers were were allowed to disembark at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after authorities lifted and hours-long lockdown, passengers said told ABC News.
Passengers said the captain had previously instructed passengers in decks 8, 9 and 10 on the port side to return to their cabins so they could be interviewed by investigators about the incident. Other passengers were able to move about the ship, but not disembark.
One passenger had been detained by the crew, the cruise line said, adding that it has the authority to detain anyone who commits a crime.
Few other details about the case were released as investigators continue their work. United States attorney’s office will be holding a press conference with representatives of the FBI and Coast Guard today, Thursday, in Anchorage to announce the filing of federal charges in the case.
According to KTVA, Anchorage FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said the death was reported to the FBI Wednesday morning.
“It was in water outside of any state’s territory,” Feger-Pellessier said. “That’s why it’s our jurisdiction.”
Further more, Charles Rowlen, a passenger on the cruise, told KTVA that he and his wife were in a room two floors above where the incident took place. He also said that his wife looked over the balcony and saw a man, bruised, cut and covered in blood.
“It was evening for us, I had turned in and my wife was taking a shower and I heard terrible screaming, I mean you knew it wasn’t normal,” Charles said. “And it sounded like two or three ladies or girls, definitely women screaming,” he said.
“My wife’s a registered nurse, she thought he was going to jump over the rail, and at one point he put his hand on the rail and set his rear on it, but she started yelling get back in and the ship announced, get a security team to that area,” he said.
The Emerald Princess was on a seven-day round trip cruise that left from Seattle, Washington on Sunday, July 23. It was carrying about 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members and was scheduled to tour around the Tracy Arm fjord near Juneau.
About Kristy Manzanares
Kristy Manzanares is a Utah native who made her way to St. George by way of Southern Utah University. She has a Degree in Family and Consumer Science with an Emphasis in Interior Design. Her past experience includes Community Association and Resort Management in which she learned the importance of building relationships and trust through constant communication and top-notch customer service. Her love of touring new homes, interior decor and a desire to provide positive experiences to new home buyers prompted her to obtain her Real Estate License in 2010. She finds real estate extremely rewarding and loves getting to her know her clients. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys volunteering at local schools and is involved in the Jubilee of Trees as Tree Designer each year. She loves cheering on her daughters at soccer games, spending time with extended family and is currently learning how to play golf with her husband.