A pair of flip flops may hold the key to the disappearance of Chester cruise ship worker Rebecca Coriam .
Investigators working for her parents have suggested the 24-year-old from Guilden Sutton, was not swept overboard as her bosses Disney suggested.
The Chronicle's sister paper The Liverpool Echo has exclusively obtained photos of the footwear given to the former Chester Catholic High School pupil's family when they visited the ship, days after their daughter disappeared from the Wonder vessel in Mexican waters, in March 2011.
The flip flops were discovered, Disney told Mike and Ann Coriam, at the edge of Deck 5 where they explained the 24-year-old had fallen into the sea during a sudden freak wave.
But private investigators, working for the family, have learnt the footwear almost certainly do not belong to Rebecca, a philosophy student at Liverpool Hope University, but another employee on the ship. They even had another name scribbled on the side of them.
Rebecca’s death was declared ‘not suspicious’ by the investigating Bahamas police department in the Caribbean.
But their probe has been roundly condemned by senior political figures including ex-Labour deputy Lord John Prescott who has suggested the ship youth worker was ‘thrown over the side’, and ex-shipping minister Mike Penning who described the enquiry as ‘appalling.’
Chester MP Chris Matheson, helping Rebecca’s family, confirmed last November his team’s view that ‘criminal activity’ was behind the student’s sudden vanishing.
Bill Anderson, leading the independent investigators, told the Liverpool Echo: “We’ve obtained photos of flips flops given to Rebecca’s parents, which we are 100 per cent sure don’t belong to her.
“We’ve been told staff would all write their name and cabin number on them to prevent them getting lost.
“As everyone can see, it’s not Rebecca’s signature and definitely not her cabin number.
“Mike and Ann were given flip flops belonging to a completely different person.
“That throws Disney’s theory, that those flip flops were found on Deck 5, near to where they say she fell off, into major doubt.”
Suspicion has grown over south Liverpool resident Rebecca’s presumed death after it emerged her credit card was used in May 2011, two months after she went missing.
Private investigators have checked the sea state in Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico, on the date in question, in March 2011, and found it was ‘normal.’
Disney declined to comment when contacted.