A man has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly killing his wife onboard a large cruise ship in Southeast Alaska.
According to a bulletin by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, the incident occurred on the Emerald Princess on Tuesday when the vessel was traveling between Ketchikan and Juneau. It left Seattle on Sunday.
One of the witnesses saw Kenneth Ray Manzanares, a Utah resident, drag the body of his wife, K.M., towards the balcony then bring her back into the their cabin.
Security and medical personnel responded to the incident in the cabin and found his wife deceased with a severe head wound. Manzanares was then restrained and secured by security.
As the incident occurred in US Territorial Waters, the case falls into federal jurisdiction and is being investigated by the FBI. The 39-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday by Security Officers, and made his first court appearance in Anchorage federal court yesterday via video conference from Juneau.
He has not been charged at this time.
“The charges in the criminal complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty,” reads the bulletin.
The Emerald Princess, a Princess Cruises vessel, carries 3,100 passengers and 1,200 crew. It is currently sailing round-trip, week-long excursions to Alaska from Seattle, with stops that include Victoria and Skagway.
The vessel is scheduled to return to Vancouver’s Canada Place later this year.