It started out as a vacation they had all been looking forward to. Amy Lynn Bradley and her family boarded the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas bound for the Caribbean island of Curaçao.
The first three days were pure bliss for Amy, her brother, and their parents, with nights full of great music, laughter, and drinking.
Then on March 24, 1998, Amy mysteriously disappeared without a trace, leaving her loved ones wondering how she possibly could have vanished from a cruise ship.
Amy’s Last Night
When Amy’s parents went to bed on March 23, she and her brother continued to party with the live band, Blue Orchid, until the wee hours of the morning.
One of the band’s member’s, Alister Douglas, known as Yellow, admitted that he and Amy had partied together late into the night, but they parted ways around 1 a.m.
Sometime between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m., Amy’s father told authorities that he saw the 23-year-old sleeping on the deck right outside of their bedroom.
When he got up around 6 a.m., Amy was gone.
Amy Wasn’t Suicidal
Over the years, many people have wondered if Amy may have taken her own life that night, but those close to her insist that she was in an incredibly happy place.
Before her shocking disappearance, Amy had actually adopted a puppy bulldog that she planned on picking up the moment she arrived home.
On that note, family members maintain that Amy was an avid swimmer who definitely would’ve been able to swim to the very close shore had she accidentally fallen in.
Despite the water being extremely calm that night, Amy’s body has never been found.
Mysterious Sightings of Amy
Perhaps the most chilling part about this case isn’t Amy’s mysterious disappearance; it’s her many sightings.
Since she went missing in 1998, Amy has allegedly been seen all over the Caribbean, including Curaçao and Barbados.
Two Canadian tourists actually told authorities that they saw Amy walking along a beach in Curaçao in 1998.
The tourists revealed that the woman’s tattoos looked identical to Amy’s—a Tasmanian Devil on her shoulder, a sun on her lower back, a Chinese symbol located on her right ankle, and a Gecko lizard on her navel.
According to police, when the woman noticed the couple speaking English, she dashed toward them and tried to talk, but two men allegedly grabbed her and threw her into a nearby café.
Then, in 1999, an American Naval officer was visiting a brothel in Curaçao when he was approached by a woman with the same tattoos that the Canadian couple described.
Right before she was again pulled away by a strange man, the woman allegedly told the officer that "her name was Amy Bradley and [she] begged him for help."
In 2005, Amy was again sighted, but this time it was in a department store bathroom in Barbados.
An eyewitness, Judy Mawer, later revealed that she was in a bathroom stall when she heard a man screaming at a woman in the stall next to her before leaving.
When Mawer exited the stall, she reportedly saw a terrified woman in her 30s hunched over the sink.
The woman allegedly told her that her name was Amy and she was from Virginia.
Amy May Have Been Sold Into Sex Slavery
Many of these possible sightings seem to point the finger in one direction: sex slavery.
This theory was became even more real in November 2005, when Amy’s parents appeared on the Dr. Phil Show.
While speaking with Dr. Phil, Amy’s parents pulled up a photo that somebody had recently emailed them.
The photo seemed to show a woman, who looked just like Amy, posing in a sexually suggestive position.
Several online forums say Amy’s parents now believe their daughter in no longer involved in sex trafficking, but rather some other kind of trafficking.
They are offering a $250,000 reward for any information about Amy’s disappearance.