ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Kristy Manzanares’ death on an Alaska cruise ship shocked not just the co-passenger of the real estate agent from Utah and her family and friends, but also many other people who are not directly related to her.
More details about the gruesome murder of the 39-year old woman are emerging. The woman, mother of three teenage daughters, was reportedly found dead this past Tuesday onboard the cruise ship Emerald Princess travelling between Ketchikan and Juneau.
Authorities claim that the woman’s husband who was apprehended red-handed from the scene of the crime has been arrested. When the man, who has been identified as Kenneth Manzanares, was apprehended, not just his hands, but his clothes too were bloodstained. Apparently the entire incident was witnessed by their daughters.
In the meantime, a CBSNews report says that bail has not been set and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 10. McCoy approved change of venue from Anchorage to Juneau for further proceedings. Officials claim that the man who has been accused of murdering his own wife has no criminal history. The ship was diverted to Juneau because of the investigation, which the FBI is leading because the death occurred in U.S. waters.
Reports suggest that her husband told a witness, “She would not stop laughing at me. My life is over.”
There are reports of some sort of dispute leading to a verbal fight between the two. After killing his wife, Kenneth reportedly tried to jump overboard but was restrained by members of the ship’s crew. The two had been married for close to two decades. In fact the two were celebrating 18 years of marriage and their three teenage daughters were with them on the vessel.
A co-passenger was quoted by AOL as saying, “One of the little girls from that room came running out calling for help that her parents had been in a fight. She sounded pretty desperate”.
The cruise company said that the Utah family, consisting of five members, boarded The Emerald Princess in Seattle on Sunday for a seven-day cruise. The ship, with 4,500 passengers and crew, headed up the magnificent Alaskan coastline for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage. Reports suggest that it was around 9:30, when the fight started between the couple who were staying in one of the state rooms on deck nine. Then came a disturbing announcement to the entire ship, urgently calling for a medical and security team.