- - Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Cruise line suspects passenger suicide

ANCHORAGE — A spokeswoman for Holland America Line says a passenger missing from its cruise ship Zaandam in Alaska appears to be a case of suicide.

Spokeswoman Sally Andrews says no evidence of foul play has been found.

The Zaandam remains on schedule. It was in Sitka on Tuesday and due to return to Seattle on Friday after a weeklong cruise.

The woman thought to have fallen overboard is 45-year-old Amber Malkuch of Washington state.

She was reported missing by a traveling companion Monday morning when the Zaandam was in Glacier Bay National Park, about 75 miles northwest of Juneau. She was last seen hours earlier after she ordered room service, when the vessel was near Alaska’s Douglas Island.

A woman’s body was found Tuesday afternoon by a search helicopter.


Missoula man killed in skateboard crash

MISSOULA — Montana officials say a 20-year-old man has died after slamming into a tree while skateboarding alone.

Sgt. Tony Rio of the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department says the man was skateboarding with a group of friends along a road Friday night and stayed behind when they left. When the man missed a wedding the next day, the friends called emergency workers.

Deputies found the man’s body by the side of the road and determined he died sometime Friday night after crashing into a tree.

The man, who was not immediately identified, wasn’t wearing a helmet or other protective gear.


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