Rebecca was a cheerful and upbeat young woman with a penchant for making the world smile right along with her. Her exuberance and intelligence were so infectious that she’d landed the perfect job, as a youth counselor aboard the Disney Cruise Ship, Wonder.
In March of 2011, as Wonder set sail down the Pacific Coast of Mexico, something changed inside Rebecca, something that would change the course of her life that day, and those of all those who loved her…
The Disney Wonder was bound for Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, and Rebecca, who was always punctual and upbeat about her position aboard the ship, had missed her shift. The crew had paged her, checked her room, and even went so far as to check the entire ship, but there was no sign of her. They decided to check the surveillance footage for clues.
On March 22, surveillance video aboard the Wonder caught Rebecca walking around the deck, looking distraught. Nearly 12 hours before that, she’d sent her last Facebook message to her parents. It was odd for her to not reach out to them, even at sea, but her parents thought nothing of it: until they got a call from Disney saying that their beloved daughter was missing…
The Adventurous Type
Rebecca was born in Chester, England. She was a brave, some would say, brazen child, who loved to take risks and be the center of attention. Right from the get-go, Rebecca, or Bex as she was nicknamed, would go to great lengths to prove how adventurous she truly was. One of her first jobs was working at a local zoo, and it was there her journey began.
Eventually, the “adventurous” life of a zookeeper proved to be insubstantial for her. She wanted more, so she joined the British Army cadets. After college, she searched for a career worthy of her drive and once she heard the Disney Cruise line was looking for new employees, jumped at the opportunity. After interviewing amongst hundreds of applicants, Bex was invited to travel to Disney World in Florida for training. She had made it, she was in…
Traveling aboard the wonder allowed Bex to visit a number of Disney ports of call on the Mexican Riviera, and even the Panama Canal. She was far from home though and she missed her parents and siblings. When she found her grandfather had died, she made the long journey to England to attend the funeral. This would be the last time her family saw her in person.
Search the Seas
The aforementioned security camera footage was timestamped for 5:45 am, rather early even on a cruise ship. It shows Rebecca talking on one of the ship’s internal phones and walking away very upset by the conversation. She vanished after that. Before long, the Mexican Navy and the US Coastguard started searching the waters the ship had sailed through…
Despite an exhaustive search, they came up with nothing. Rebecca’s parents, Mike and Annmaria Coriam, Rebecca’s parents, were flown in to meet with investigators and Disney officials. They were dismayed however to find that the detectives brought in to help had spent only a day interviewing people on the ship before concluding she had fallen overboard while swimming in the crew pool.
Weak and Exhausted
The Coriams were exhausted, suffering from extreme jet lag, and emotionally drained. Disney officials took advantage of this and didn’t give them much chance to ask too many questions. They were taken to Rebecca’s room and shown her belongings, including an unusually floral pair of flip-flops they’d found near the staff pool. The problem was, these weren’t Rebecca’s shoes…
Victim of the Sea
The flip flops were way too big to be their daughter’s and they just seemed to be out of place amidst Rebecca’s normal style. Still, with no new leads and nothing to go on except the theory that she’d simply been another unfortunate victim of the sea, they went home to mourn their daughter. Two months later, they received some news.
Annmaria Coriam had received an email from Rebecca’s bank telling her that despite her being declared missing, there had been some suspicious activity on one of her accounts. Their belief was that someone had either stolen her credit card and was using it, or that Rebecca Coriam was still alive somewhere out there…
The news that someone was allegedly using her accounts was just the first suspicious thing. Soon, her uncle John, who had known her Facebook password, noticed that it had been changed by someone. It was becoming more and more apparent that either Disney or someone involved with her disappearance, knew more than they were letting on.
In October of that year, journalist Jon Ronson got involved, with her parents’ blessings of course. Wanting to find out what happened to Rebecca, he took a cruise aboard the Disney Wonder and interviewed several more crew members. His story confirmed the Coriam’s suspicions, that Disney and the Bahamian police were hiding something…
Despite this, it seemed that everyone he spoke with came to the same conclusion: that Rebecca Coriam had gone overboard from inside the crew pool. Yet there seemed to be no CCTV evidence of her being swept up in any sort of swell. The other suspicions surrounding Bex’s disappearance pointed to her state of mind at the time, though these were unsubstantiated.
One crew member said that the final phone call Rebecca made aboard the Wonder had to do with her girlfriend. Their intense relationship had problems of its own and there were whispers of a third party, a male, becoming involved in their relationship. It wasn’t until 2018, seventeen years later, that the truth would finally come to light…
29-year-old Tracie Medley, who had been romantically involved with Rebecca Coriam prior to her death, has finally come clean about what happened in the days following her mysterious disappearance. According to Tracie, Bex was far from the happy-go-lucky person that her family seemed to think she was. She was a deeply troubled young woman.
“I have nothing to hide,” announced Tracie. “My silence was never an admission of guilt, my silence was to protect the image of a friend. I’ve spent six years reading claims from Rebecca’s family that she was a fun-loving, never-sad athlete with no issues and a love for life…” Deep down though, Rebecca had spoken openly about jumping overboard and struggled with both drug abuse and depression…
From Her Lover’s Mouth
Tracie Medley’s claim is that her lover deliberately leaped 100ft to her death off the side of the Wonder on the morning she vanished. She says this because she knew that Bex had spoken about not being able to deal with the internal turmoil that came from being sexually assaulted as a teenager. In fact, she used cocaine to help repress these feelings, but that only worked for so long.
She lays much of the blame for Rebecca’s mental state on her family. She says that she believed her family was ashamed she was a lesbian and that her sister was embarrassed about her new gay friends. Tracie’s opinion is that the fact that her family is unwilling to consider their daughter’s suicide, speaks volumes about her mental state as well…
The Night Before
As for the rumored threesome with a boy? This part was true as well. The night before she disappeared, Bex, Tracie, and Tracie’s boyfriend, Deven, were intimate together. “She walked me through a lot of feelings about my sexuality. When we took things to the next level it felt right. We were madly in love.” explained Tracie.
When she left the room early the next day, Tracie asked if she wanted company and if she was coming back. She never did. When Tracie woke up and saw the door still unlocked, she knew something was wrong. Today she is happily married with two children but felt that she needed to come clean if only to honor Rebecca’s memory and draw attention to those who suffer in silence.