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Mexican Navy calls off search for missing Lafayette woman who fell from cruise ship

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, January 27 2018 Jan 27, 2018 January 27, 2018 5:02 PM January 27, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff
Photo: WWL-TV

The Mexican Navy has called off its search for the missing Lafayette woman who went overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico last Sunday.

Marilyn Winfrey, the mother of Juwanna Brooks, confirmed that the Mexican Navy ended its search Friday.

Winfrey says as of now, no other agencies have picked up the search.

The FBI is investigating how Brooks fell from the boat, which returned to the Port of New Orleans on Thursday.


NEW ORLEANS- The Carnival Triumph returned to New Orleans early Thursday and headed back out later that afternoon, after a Lafayette-area woman fell into the water, WWL-TV reports.

The woman, 44-year-old Juwanna Brooks, was identified by her mother. KLFY reports that Brooks was on the cruise with her husband before she fell overboard.

On Monday, the cruise line said Brooks “was seen going overboard” from the Carnival Triumph into the Gulf of Mexico Sunday. Witnesses said the ship did circle the area where Brooks fell overboard and used lights to search the water to try and locate her.

According to WWL, passengers onboard say Brooks and her husband, Scott, were at dinner when they started arguing. Those passengers say the argument got out of control and the two were escorted out by security. About 30 minutes later, Brooks went overboard. 

Locally the FBI is investigating the case. They are trying to determine how and why Brooks went overboard. At this time, Brooks is still missing.

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