FBI investigating suspected murder-suicide on cruise ship

MIAMI (AFP) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Friday it was investigating two people found dead on a Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico, in what the cruise liner called an apparent murder-suicide.

The deceased man and woman, Americans thought to be around 50, were found Thursday morning in their cabin, Puerto Rican media said, citing police.

FBI spokesman Moises Quinones told AFP that the agency was handling the investigation but could not confirm any other details.

"At approximately 11.30am local time, two guests onboard MS Ryndam were found deceased in their stateroom in what appears to be a murder-suicide," cruise line Holland America said Thursday.

"The cabin was immediately secured and the authorities were notified, including the FBI," it added.

"We are terribly saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these guests at this difficult time," the statement said.

The MS Ryndam, which can carry up to 1,260 passengers and 580 crew members, set sail on March 29 from Tampa, Florida in the United States, for a two-week tour of the Caribbean.