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Investigators probe disappearance of B.C. woman aboard cruise

Investigators probe disappearance of B.C. woman aboard cruise
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BY JENNIFER SALTMAN, POSTMEDIA NEWS

VANCOUVER — Fariba Amani, an esthetician from Port Moody, B.C., was on her way back to the U.S. after a two-day stay on Grand Bahama Island when she went missing from her cruise ship.

Fariba Amani, missing from a cruise ship that was sailing between the Bahamas and Florida, is believed to have fallen overboard.

Her disappearance sparked an intense search involving local police, the U.S. Coast Guard and the FBI.

But no sign of her has been found.

Glenn Ryerson, spokesman from Celebration Cruise Line, said Amani’s boyfriend — identified in reports as 46-year-old Ramiz Golshani — reported her missing at 8 a.m. Feb. 29 after the ship docked at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Fla. He last saw her around 1 a.m., shortly before he went to sleep, he said.

The entire 350-person crew of the Bahamas Celebration undertook an “extensive search” for Amani, 47. After failing to find her, they alerted local police and the FBI.

Rose Anne Brown, spokeswoman for the Riviera Beach police said her department received the first notification that someone was missing but because Amani disappeared before the ship went through customs, the investigation was turned over to the FBI.

The Miami Division of the FBI declined Tuesday to comment on the investigation, including answering questions about whether Amani’s disappearance is considered suspicious or if any suspects have been identified.

The Port Moody Police Department confirmed in a statement that it is assisting with the FBI investigation. Amani’s sister, Saloumeh, went to the police station last week and reported that she was missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search in the evening of the next day without finding Amani.

Golshani did not respond to an interview request Tuesday.

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