FBI, Aruba Police Probing Royal Princess Cruise Ship Death

The FBI and authorities in Aruba are investigating whether the tragic death of an American woman on a Caribbean cruise was an accident or a crime.

The Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess cruise ship was in the Caribbean early Tuesday when the victim, a 52-year-old woman who has not been publicly identified, plunged from an upper deck onto a lifeboat below, according to authorities.

When the ship arrived at port in Aruba, local authorities launched an investigation.

Aruba news outlet Diario reported that witnesses saw the victim engaged in an altercation with another passenger prior to her death. Authorities have yet to confirm that report.

In an interview with USA Today, Aruba Public Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Ann Angela said investigators are trying to determine whether the woman’s death is an accident or a crime.

“It’s obvious that she fell, but why did she fall? Was she pushed? Did she jump?” Angela asked. “That is what we are investigating, to find out exactly what happened.”

Angela said the victim’s husband, who has not been named a suspect or person of interest in his wife’s death, is still on the island. The FBI has since joined the investigation.

“If the evidence points towards it being a crime, then, of course, we will look into [a] suspect,” Angela told USA Today.

The Aruba Public Prosecutor’s Office did not respond to a request for comment from HuffPost.

The 3,600-passenger ship left Florida’s Port Everglades on Nov. 9 for a seven-day round-trip southern Caribbean cruise. The ship, which was traveling between the islands of Curacao and Aruba at the time of the woman’s death, is due back in Florida on Saturday, officials said.

“We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities, including the FBI,” Princess Cruises said in a statement. “An official cause of death has not been announced.”

While authorities await autopsy results, the investigative work on board the ship appears to be complete. The cruise ship departed Aruba Wednesday for Bonaire.

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View of the Costa Concordia taken on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and about 70 were missing Saturday after an Italian cruise ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground and keeled over, sparking scenes of panic. AFP PHOTO/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and about 70 were missing after an Italian cruise ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground and keeled over, sparking scenes of panic. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and about 70 were missing after an Italian cruise ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground and keeled over, sparking scenes of panic. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
View of the Costa Concordia taken on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and about 70 were missing Saturday after an Italian cruise ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground and keeled over, sparking scenes of panic.  AFP PHOTO/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
View of the Costa Concordia taken on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and about 70 were missing Saturday after an Italian cruise ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground and keeled over, sparking scenes of panic. AFP PHOTO/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and several were missing after the ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground sparking chaos as passengers scrambled to get off. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and several were missing after the ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground sparking chaos as passengers scrambled to get off. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and several were missing after the ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground sparking chaos as passengers scrambled to get off. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia lays on its side after running aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano on January 14, 2012, after being evacuated from the cruise ship that ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano on January 14, 2012, after being evacuated from the cruise ship that ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano on January 14, 2012, after being evacuated from the cruise ship that ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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A photograph taken on January 14, 2012 of the Costa Concordia after the cruise ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, and Italian island, last night. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER
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Rescue boats approach the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia resting on its starboard side after running aground the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its starboard side as seen from the Giglio harbor, after running aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its starboard side as seen from the Giglio harbor, after running aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Crowds gather on the island of Giglio, where passengers aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia have been staying after the vessel ran aground, on January 14, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Crowds gather on the island of Giglio, where passengers aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia have been staying after the vessel ran aground, on January 14, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Crowds gather on the island of Giglio, where passengers aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia have been staying after the vessel ran aground, on January 14, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. More than four thousand people were on board when the ship hit a sandbank. At least 3 people have been confirmed dead and another 50 are unaccounted for. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Crowds gather on the island of Giglio, where passengers aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia have been staying after the vessel ran aground, on January 14, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. More than four thousand people were on board when the ship hit a sandbank. At least 3 people have been confirmed dead and another 50 are unaccounted for. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
A general view of the scene on the island of Giglio, near to where the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground, on January 14, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. More than four thousand people were on board when the ship hit a sandbank. At least 3 people have been confirmed dead and another 50 are unaccounted for. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
A general view of the scene on the island of Giglio, near to where the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground, on January 14, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. More than four thousand people were on board when the ship hit a sandbank. At least 3 people have been confirmed dead and another 50 are unaccounted for. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and several were missing after the ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground sparking chaos as passengers scrambled to get off. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and several were missing after the ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground sparking chaos as passengers scrambled to get off. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

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