July 16, 2009 (by Horatio Algren) According to by a California cruise ship wrongful death lawyer, reports the FBI is investigating the death of a 55 year old woman they believe was killed by her husband aboard a Carnival cruise.
Special agent Keith Slotter of the San Diego FBI Office stated that after they were notified on Tuesday about the death of a 55 year old woman, there were 20 agents transported by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the cruise ship Carnival Elation.
FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth stated that the alleged suspect in the murder is the woman’s husband was being kept in a small jail aboard the cruise ship when they arrived. The cabin on the lower deck where the death took place was being guarded and a sign was posted stating secured area.
According to Agent Slotter they do not know the motive for the murder and that out of the 2,052 passengers; approximately 40 passengers were interviewed by the FBI.
According to one of the passengers on the ship Tuesday night, there was an announcement over the public address system calling for Operation Starbright to go to room R-24.
Thursday morning a team was aboard the Carnival Elation to collect forensic evidence in the secured area where the woman was found. The 55 year old woman has been identified by the County Medical Examiner’s Office as Shirley McGill, a resident of Winnetka California.
The Carnival cruise ship Elation left San Diego on Saturday with 2,052 passengers aboard for a five day cruise to Cabo San Lucas. A spokesperson in a written statement for the Carnival Cruise line stated their thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Shirley McGill.