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Americans who left cruise ship deported

BY ALESIA EDWARDS Observer staff reporter

Monday, July 30, 2012 | 11:13 AM    

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OCHO RIOS, St Ann –Jamaican authorities have deported three American nationals who last week went missing from a cruise ship while it docked at the Ocho Rios pier in St Ann. 

Forty-five-year-old Donald Henderson, his 43-year-old wife Maria and their 21-year-old daughter Aja were placed on a flight and sent back to the United States yesterday.

Commanding officer for the parish, senior superintendent Carlton Wilson, told the Jamaica Observer that the three were handed over to the immigration department who escorted them to Sangster International Airport in St James and placed them on a flight to the US.

SSP Wilson said investigators had sought the assistance of INTERPOL to determine if any member of the three, who are from Virginia, had fled law enforcement in their country.

He said the probe did not turn up any information to suggest that the Henderson’s were trying to flee the US because of law enforcement reasons.

The Henderson’s were passengers on the Carnival Freedom cruise ship which docked in Ocho Rios last Thursday, but were reported missing after they failed to return to the vessel.

They were found unharmed at a villa in Discovery Bay in the parish Friday afternoon and taken into police custody.

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