Statement from FBI on Cruise Ship Death

The FBI’s New Haven Field Division has devoted thousands of work hours investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. George Smith IV, which consisted of conducting numerous witness interviews, reviewing a wide variety of evidence (including but not limited to: forensic evidence, cruise ship records and cruise ship security videotapes). It has always been our focus to ascertain if criminal conduct played a role in his passing. As of now, the case remains open.

We’d like to note, Mr. Smith’s case has helped the FBI set a precedent for cases on the high seas covering multiple jurisdictions. When concerning jurisdiction, the primary law enforcement authority will fall in the victim’s native place of origin by country and state. The FBI will always work collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies on investigations of this nature.


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