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Family of missing Chester cruise ship worker take campaign to policing minister

Rebecca Coriam disappeared from Disney Wonder cruise ship in 2011

The Coriam parents, together with private investigator Roy Ramm (right), and maritime expert Bill Anderson.(Image: bill anderson)

Parents of a cruise ship worker who went missing six years ago have submitted a dossier of evidence to the policing minister in their bid to find out what happened to their daughter.

Mike and Ann Coriam of Chester have campaigned for the truth over 24-year-old Rebecca’s disappearance in March 2011 while working on the Disney Wonder in Mexico.

Disney have always said the Liverpool student was swept overboard after a freak wave - however an alternative theory supported private investigators is that she was thrown overboard as a victim of crime.

Now, the Hope University student’s family, who live in Guilden Sutton, have met with Minister of State for Policing Brandon Lewis.

Rebecca Coriam

The Tory Great Yarmouth MP was introduced to the Coriam family as part of a trip in April to the Home Office in London and he promised to study their pleas for a fresh police investigation into Rebecca’s disappearance and presumed death.

Bill Anderson, a Liverpool-based maritime expert who is leading an independent hunt for answers in the case, also met with Mr Lewis, along with private detective Roy Ramm, who spent 27 years with the Metropolitan Police.

He is a former Commander of Specialist Operations at Scotland Yard and has worked on homicide and missing person investigations.

Mike and Ann Coriam

Mr Anderson told our sister paper the Liverpool ECHO: “Mr Lewis told us the buck stops with him regard any new investigation or enquiry.

“He said he’d come back to us.

“We submitted very strong CCTV evidence from the Disney ship where Rebecca went missing.

Rebecca Coriam

“We’ve gone round in circles with politicians. Last year, we came out of a meeting with ex-policing and shipping minister Mike Penning, over the moon with how well it had gone.

“But four days later, Mr Penning was replaced with Brandon Lewis.”

The Coriams have accepted an undisclosed sum of money from Disney as part of a settlement with the cruise company.

In March 2016, the ECHO exclusively revealed CCTV pictures of Rebecca, apparently distraught after a late-night phone call.

The images, captured just hours before she vanished on the Disney Wonder, appear to show the philosophy student in an upset state, holding her head in her hands.

She also appears to be wearing man’s clothes, which she repeatedly pulls at uncomfortably.

The Coriam family and their independent investigation team, believe audio footage of that on-deck telephone call will have been retained by Disney. But so far, that tape has never materialised.

In recent years, the ECHO has also exposed a catalogue of flaws in the Bahamas Police investigation including how the flip flops handed to Rebecca’s heartbroken parents, when returning her possessions, did not belong to her.

The footwear, said to be left on the edge of the ship where Disney said she fell overboard, had a different signature and cabin number written on their side.

The Coriam family have queried how their daughter could have been swept over a 6ft-plus high wall, where Disney later laid flowers on deck to mark the tragedy.

And the student’s favourite shorts were ripped when they were handed back to her parents, evidence of a violent struggle just before her death, her parents claim.

Disney were approached for comment, but declined.

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