'We've got to find out what happened': Parents' desperation over missing Disney cruise girl

The parents of a 24-year-old cruise ship worker who vanished from the vessel in the Caribbean said they 'had to find out what has happened' to their daughter. Their desperate plea for information came as it emerged their daughter made a phone call to a friend from the ship shortly before being reported missing. Rebecca Coriam was last seen on board the £580 million Disney Wonder last Monday night, 24 hours after it set sail from Los Angeles for a week-long cruise along the Mexican Riviera. She was reported missing when she failed to report for a shift. Passengers were told to keep an eye out for the ship worker whilst staff combed the vessel looking for her. Her parents travelled from their home in Chester to Los Angeles after learning their daughter had disappeared and last night spoke of their agony as they worked with investigators in San Pedro, where the ship had docked, to piece together what happened. Her mother Ann Coriam told KABC-TV: 'We just don't know what happened to her, do we? And that's just the worst. 'We've got to find out what happened.' 'It's just very, very painful, and the thought of not seeing her again, I don't know. It's frightening to think about it, really,' her father Michael Coriam added. Her cousin Trish Davies said officials on board told the family that Miss Coriam, who had worked for the cruise line since last summer in its youth services department, made a phone call from the ship shortly before being reported missing. She said: 'They say they know what the conversation was but they're not telling us. 'They say they've got to wait for the investigation.' It was not immediately clear what new information, if any, investigators gave the family yesterday. The ship left for its next tour of Mexico on last night. Rebecca Coriam, 24, was last seen aboard the Disney Wonder on Monday Rebecca Coriam, 24, was last seen aboard the Disney Wonder on Monday Disney Cruise Line representatives issued a statement, pledging to assist all of the appropriate authorities, and saying they have searched the entire ship multiple times, most recently on Saturday. 'We have been doing everything possible to find Rebecca Coriam,' Christi Erwin Donnan, a spokeswoman for Disney, said. 'Rebecca's disappearance has been difficult for everyone at Disney Cruise Line. We've been in close contact with the Coriam family, and we're assisting them in any way we can.' Returning passengers said they were told during the cruise Miss Coriam was missing, and were asked to keep an eye out for her. 'They announced it over the airwaves and they said that there was a missing crew member, can you please help look for the person,' passenger Ron Uyen told KCBS-TV after getting off the Wonder. 'It was scary. You watch your kids a little closer.' Another passenger, Suzanne Lopez, told the TV station 'later they announced again that they were not able to locate her. They were really good about keeping us up to date, everybody was really worried.' Because the Disney Wonder is registered in the Bahamas, police there were handling the investigation. The Mexican Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard also were involved. Miss Coriam's sister Rachael told of the family's heartbreak at her disappearance this weekend. She paid tribute to her 'sporty and fun-loving' sister, and said she loved her job on the ship as a youth activities worker. Her family says she could not have fallen off the ship accidentally and believe 'something bad' must have happened to her. However, on a website, one crew member reported seeing Rebecca 'jump overboard at 3am'. The claim could not be verified. Hotel worker Rachael, from Guilden Sutton, Cheshire, told The Mail on Sunday this weekendt: 'Bex is a very fun-loving, outgoing, sporty person who loves her job out on the cruise ship. All her family and friends at home miss and love her so much and just want her home safe.' Graduate Miss Coriam, who had studied sports science, had worked on board the ship for a year. Her Facebook page lists her interests as track cycling, running, Liverpool Football Club and – poignantly – 'life'. A source at the cruise company said the ship had been searched repeatedly. The source said: 'She went missing before the ship had docked at the first port of call, Cabo San Lucas. At the moment there are three possibilities – that she accidentally fell overboard; that foul play is involved; or that she voluntarily went overboard.' Rebecca's uncle, John Jennings, said the family had contacted their local MP, Stephen Mosley, because they felt the authorities were not doing enough. Mr Jennings said: 'We believe something bad happened to her. 'Becky just wouldn't disappear. People are saying she has gone overboard but I don't believe that. 'Something bad has happened to her and we want something done about it.' Mr Jennings said Rebecca's parents, Michael and Ann, were 'absolutely devastated'. The couple have flown to Los Angeles to meet the ship. Mr Jennings said: 'Mike said he was just lying on the bed in his hotel room unable to sleep. 'We cannot understand what has happened to Becky.' Disney Wonder was launched in 1999 and accommodates more than 3,000 passengers and crew. Rena Langley, a spokeswoman for Disney Cruise Line, said: 'We are doing everything possible to assist with the search effort and investigation. We are very concerned about this situation. 'We have spoken to the crew member's colleagues to gather as much information as possible. It is certainly a possibility she went overboard.' Originally Posted at: www.dailymail.co.uk

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