Bartender charged in murder of crew member from Allure of the Seas

Mexican authorities have charged a 24-year old national with the murder of Monika Markiewicz, a crew member aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.

Ms. Markiewicz did not report back to the ship before it departed Cozumel on February 4. Her body was discovered the next day in the water off of a remote beach in Cozumel, Mexico.

Reports indicate that Markiewicz was casually acquainted with the bartender, Nelson Perez Torres, for several months and that he followed her for a period of time before killing her along the roadway on her way back to the ship.

Royal Caribbean‘s Global Security Department fully supported and assisted Mexican officials in their investigation.

“We thank the Mexican authorities for their commitment to quickly solving the murder of our crew member, Monika Markiewicz. Her untimely death is tragic and has saddened all of us at Royal Caribbean. We have informed Monika’s family in Poland of today’s news update and we will continue to be in contact with them and to support them during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

Flickr photo by Mangrove Mike