THE mother of missing Chester woman Rebecca Coriam said she strongly believes her daughter is still alive, despite no information from US authorities investigating her disappearance.
At an emotional press conference held at Chester’s HQ building on Friday, Rebecca’s distraught parents Ann and Mike Coriam, of Guilden Sutton, pleaded for news of their 24-year-old-daughter who disappeared while aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship nearly two weeks ago.
Clutching her daughter’s cuddly toy, a tearful Ann said: “I feel like she is alive, I don’t feel like she has gone from us.“
The couple held a mass for Rebecca at St Werburgh’s Church in Chester on Friday morning. A candle is burning for her in the church, which Rebecca’s aunt Trish Jennings revealed will remain lit until she is found.
Father Paul Shaw said: “There were 200 people there, which is extraordinary. There was a real feeling of support.”
Passengers on the ship, who investigators failed to question in the hours after she vanished, have been leaving tribute messages to the Disney Wonder Cruise’s youth activities coordinators.
Bill from Seattle wrote on DISboards.com: “Becca touched our child’s heart more than anyone on our cruise and we never would have imagined that we would pay tribute to her just three weeks later.”
Chester MP Stephen Mosley has promised to ensure the Coriam family receive 'the best service possible from British agencies'.
Rebecca’s uncle John Jennings paid tribute to 'a beautiful young lady with a gorgeous smile who brought sunshine into the lives of everyone she met'.
He added: “The pain in my face today, you can times by 50 compared to the pain Ann and Mike are going through.”
Rebecca’s friends and family will gather afor a vigil at St Werburgh’s on Sunday.