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Wendy Portman Lewis
Suicide Overboard

Seabourn Quest - September 11, 2015


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Wendy Portman Lewis, 59 - Suicide Overboard

Seabourn Quest Passenger, September 11, 2015

Time of Death 12:00-3:00

Time of Cruise Ship Death Wendy Portman Lewis

Wendy Portman Lewis, 59, and, with her husband Douglas Lewis from Palm Desert, California were sailing aboard Seabourn Cruises Seabourn Quest ( Track Seabourn Quest) near Boston, Massachusetts on September 11, 2015 when Wendy went overboard. Her body was recovered hours later.

Wendy Portman Lewis originally from Canada and her husband Douglas Lewis originally from the United were co-owners of The Estate Jewelry Collection store in Palm Desert, California. The business website describes the jewelry store as having a "vast collection of large diamonds," ranging from 1 carat to 150".

Wendy Portman Lewis''s body was found 7 miles from Boston, Massachusetts near Cape Ann around 8:30 pm , on first day of 10 day Canadian Maritimes cruise. Search and rescue began almost immediately, with two Rockport, Maine Harbormasters finding Wendy Portman Lewis's body.

The cruise ship was on the way to Bar Harbor, Maine after embarking from Boston around 4pm. Initial reports said Essex District Attorney's Office was investigating, but then the FBI took the lead on September 12.

The FBI has stated no more information will be released until the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office completes the autopsy in the coming week. her death certificate filed with the Rockport town clerk's office notes only that the cause of her death is still "pending' but death was not "due to injury."

The office of the state medical examiner says it has still not made any determination regarding Lewis's death, and the FBI says the death is still under investigation.


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