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The Disappearance of Fariba Amani: Lost at Sea

The Unexplained Disappearance of Fariba Amani

 

Case File Overview

 

On February 29th, 2012 Fariba Amani disappeared. Fariba, a 47-year-old mother of two, was from Vancouver, Canada. She disappeared somewhere on the high seas between the Bahamas and Florida.

Fariba was enjoying a Bahamas Celebration cruise with her boyfriend, Ramiz Golshani, when she vanished without a trace from the ship.

Ramiz said he last saw Fariba at the gift shop on the ship at approximately 1 am. After that, he headed to the casino on his own. After he spent some time there, Ramiz returned to their cabin. He noted that Fariba was not there and fell asleep. At around 7 am the next morning the ship reached the Port of Palm Beach. Ramiz awoke and spent an hour searching for Fariba. When he couldn’t locate her, he alerted the crew who also searched the ship to no avail.

Officials stated that Fariba was on the ship when it left the Bahamas on February 28th. Passengers must swipe a card to board the ship, and Fariba’s card was used. Also, I imagine it’s likely they have security footage of her boarding the ship.

The police and the FBI launched an investigation into Fariba’s disappearance. They searched the ship from top to bottom. An 84-hour, 10,000 square mile Coast Guard search was even conducted.

No surveillance footage of Fariba on the night in question has been released. But I think we can assume that a cruise ship in 2012 had plenty of surveillance.

Fariba’s whereabouts and the cause of her disappearance remain unknown.

Fariba Amani

Image of missing person Fariba Amani
Image source: Missing person Facebook page

 

Case File Theories

 

Suicide

Did Fariba kill herself by jumping to her death off of the ship? I think this is an unlikely explanation for her disappearance. Fariba’s family, boyfriend, and investigators didn’t suggest that she was suicidal. We need to remember, though, that it’s not always possible to know if someone intends on taking their life. Regardless, I don’t buy that Fariba killed herself.

Accidental Death

Did Fariba drink too much and fall overboard? Through my research, I was stunned to learn how many people get drunk on cruise ships and topple over railings into the ocean. I can’t help but wonder why the heck cruise lines don’t make higher railings. Or stop serving liquor to passengers before they become dangerously drunk. Anyways, according to Fariba’s sister, Saloumeh, she never drank alcohol. Therefore, there was no way that she became drunk, fell overboard, and died. Also, both Fariba’s boyfriend and the authorities made no mention that Fariba was drunk. Given all of this, I’d say we can rule out accidental death.

Murder

Was Fariba killed by a stranger?

It’s possible but unlikely that Fariba crossed paths with a killer on the cruise. Hypothetically, she could have been sexually assaulted and killed by a crew member or a passenger. And I think that a crew member would know better than another passenger how to avoid any ship surveillance. Little credence, however, is given to this theory by investigators.

Was Fariba murdered by her boyfriend?

Many people believe that Fariba was murdered by her boyfriend, Ramiz. This seems to be a possible scenario.

Ramiz Golshani

Image of Ramiz Golshani
Image source: missing person Facebook page

At the time of Fariba’s disappearance, she’d been dating Ramiz for eight months. After she vanished, Ramiz never contacted Fariba’s family. Before the cruise, Fariba told her sister that her relationship with Ramiz was deteriorating. Farbia believed he was cheating on her. She visited private investigator Tom Dolo to discuss putting Ramiz under surveillance. Tom explained that Fariba “said her boyfriend was extremely controlling and needed to know every move, every minute of the day where she was.” Before she left on the cruise, Fariba told her family she didn’t hire Tom because she feared how Ramiz would react if he found out. Fariba’s sister, Saloumeh, stated that Fariba felt the cruise was a last-ditch attempt to salvage the relationship.

Ramiz insists that he played no part in Farbia’s disappearance. He told reporters, “I am missing a loved one. Both families love her. We want her safe back home right now.” Authorities haven’t named Ramiz as a suspect. They’ll only say that the investigation is “ongoing”. Ramiz maintains that the FBI has cleared him of any wrongdoing.

What do you think happened to Fariba?

Fariba’s family still hopes to learn what happened to her. There’s even a family Facebook page dedicated to discovering the truth.

If you have any information about this case and can help bring Fariba’s family and friends some sense of closure, please follow these links and contact either the RCMP or the FBI with your tip.

Related Reading

“Woman Missing from Celebration Cruise Ship”ABC News article

“Missing Cruise Ship Passenger Had Troubled Relationship With Boyfriend, Family Members Say”ABC News article

“Missing Ship Passenger’s Boyfriend Opens Up”CBC News article

Interested in baffling missing person cases? Check out the Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman case and the disappearance of DA Ray Gricar.

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2 Comments

  1. Gracie Gracie

    I wonder why they dismissed that another passenger may be responsible for her disappearance. If Ramiz was so controlling over her every move, you would think that he would have been a little more concerned with her whereabouts after he left the casino. Also, if this was a last attempt at making this relationship work, wouldn’t he want to be spending his time with her? It would definitely be helpful to know if there was any viable camera surveillance to help create a timeline. Or, with so many passengers on board, wouldn’t someone see something? This is a very baffling case. About the only thing I can somewhat be sure about is that she was thrown overboard. I can’t see Fariba sneaking off of the ship. Very heartbreaking!

    • Christine Christine

      I agree on all counts. I’m nearly positive Fariba didn’t leave the ship of her own accord. It likely comes down to her boyfriend, a passenger, or crew member being involved in her disappearance. You’d think there must be surveillance that the public just isn’t being informed of. I hope her family gets some sense of closure one day. After researching this case and learning about the unexplained disappearances that occur on cruise ships every year, I’ll now think twice before ever taking another cruise!

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