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Missing Chester cruise worker's family think she is alive

The parents of a Cheshire woman who went missing from a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico have said they believe she is still alive.

Youth worker Rebecca Coriam, 24, from Guilden Sutton near Chester, was last seen on the Disney Wonder on 21 March.

Her parents, Michael and Ann Coriam, have appealed for help to find her.

Mrs Coriam said: "I feel like she's alive. I don't feel like she's gone from us. We just need help to find her and to find out what has happened."

She added: "She sent me a message on the Monday and she was going to ring me on the Tuesday, and that's when she disappeared."

She said her daughter was "beautiful, very energetic, very kind."

"It's not really like her at all to disappear," she said.

"I am just so worried about her. She was a lovely girl, everybody loved her, she had a gorgeous smile. I miss her, we just need to find her."

At a press conference in Liverpool on Friday, Rebecca's uncle, John Jennings, joined her parents to urge anyone with information to contact police.

"We need to be sure that all possible lines of investigation into leads have been covered to ensure all who love Becs have a chance of closure.

Image caption The 24-year-old was employed to look after children on the ship

"Please help, imagine if this were happening to your daughter or son," he said.

Mr Jennings read a letter from John Murray, the head teacher of Chester Catholic High School, where Rebecca was a pupil.

He said she was a "sensitive, thoughtful and energetic student" with an "ever-present smile."

Police in the Bahamas - where the Disney Wonder is registered - said they had found no evidence to suggest "foul play" on board the liner.

The 83,000-tonne vessel returned to dock in Los Angeles on Sunday and has since set off on its next scheduled sailing.

Disney said it had carried out "multiple searches" onboard and a sea search has been carried out by the US coastguard and the Mexican Navy.

Mr and Mrs Coriam flew out to the United States last week, with Miss Coriam's cousin, Trish Davies, as concerns grew for their daughter.

But they said they were still in the dark as to their daughter's disappearance.

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