The Disappearance of Fariba Amani
Case File Overview
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.
Case File Theories
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Woman Missing from Celebration Cruise Ship” – ABC News article
“Missing Ship Passenger’s Boyfriend Opens Up” – CBC News article