Monique Teresia Van der Steenstraeten, 49 – Suicide Overboard, Discovery Sun Passenger, November 18, 2007, Time of Death 9:30.
The U.S. Coast Guard searched for Monique Teresia Van der Steenstraeten, age 49, who disappeard from Discovery Cruise Line’s Discovery Sun on November 18, 2007. Van der Steenstraeten was on the cruise with her boyfriend. He says she left the lounge to smoke a cigarette outside around 2130 hours (9:30m), and has not been seen since.
When the ship docked back in Fort Lauderdale, she was reported missing.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard began searching around 10:30 p.m.
Discovery Sun is a day cruise casino ship. It returned to Port Everglades on Sunday night.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office says her body was discovered around 0730 hours (7:30 am) Monday, having washed ashore and been discovered on the beach in John U Lloyd by state park by a ranger.
Discovery Cruise Line sails nearly every day to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale, departing at 7:45am & returning at 10:00pm.
Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives said the body of Monique Teresia Van Der Steenstraeten washed ashore at the John U. Lloyd State Park on November 19, 2007.
The medical examiner performed an autopsy and ruled the death a suicide.
A suicide note was discovered on the ship, authorities said.