Mexico calls off search for cruise passenger

Associated Press - December 30, 2008 10:53 AM ET

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities have suspended their search for a Florida woman who apparently fell from a ship balcony during a Christmas week cruise.

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search Monday for Jennifer Ellis Seitz, a Florida journalist, who was reported missing by her husband about eight hours after a surveillance camera captured a person falling overboard on Christmas night.

An FBI spokesman said Tuesday that agents were still investigating. No one has been charged.

The woman's family said she had "previous emotional issues" and believes she may have jumped overboard. But they said there were no outward signs of distress while on the seven-night cruise from Miami.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.