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Woman who died after plunging off Royal Princess cruise ship identified as American as mystery deepens

The cruise ship Crown Princess docked in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, a day after the vessel rolled abruptly at sea injuring dozens of people.  A steering problem caused the new cruise ship to roll abruptly throwing passengers and crew to the deck and injuring dozens, including 20 seriously. In an instant, passengers aboard The Crown Princess cruise ship went from sunbathing to clutching whatever they could as the massive ship rolled heavily to its side, throwing everything not nailed down against the deck and walls. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ORG XMIT: FLJR103
The cruise ship Crown Princess docked in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, a day after the vessel rolled abruptly at sea injuring dozens of people. A steering problem caused the new cruise ship to roll abruptly throwing passengers and crew to the deck and injuring dozens, including 20 seriously. In an instant, passengers aboard The Crown Princess cruise ship went from sunbathing to clutching whatever they could as the massive ship rolled heavily to its side, throwing everything not nailed down against the deck and walls. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ORG XMIT: FLJR103
Published Nov. 20, 2018

A woman who died after plunging 14 stories off a Princess cruise ship that had set sail from Florida has been identified as a 52-year-old American.

Almarosa Tenorio died after she fell from the Royal Princess as it sailed in the Caribbean between Curacao and Aruba on Tuesday. People aboard the 3,600-passenger ship were awakened by an announcement at 4:30 a.m. that something had happened near one of the life boats.

The Aruba news website Diario reported that the she plunged from an upper deck onto a lifeboat after struggling with a "muscular" man who was seen choking her before the fall.

The FBI is investigating along with prosecutors in Aruba, who told ABC News that homicide is a possible cause of death. Currently, her death is being classified as "unnatural." An autopsy and forensic investigation have been conducted.

Tenorio was traveling with her husband, but he is not considered a suspect, according to ABC. The cruise ship returned to Fort Lauderdale over the weekend.

Her family released a statement and told ABC News that she was a loving mother, grandmother and volunteer teacher's aide. They also said she was an avid cruiser and traveler.

"Almarosa was a very loving daughter, sister, mom and grandmother with a good heart," he wrote. "Her passion was teaching and working with children. She had a vivacious personality with a smile that would light up a room. We are sad that she was taken from us at such a young age. She will be missed by all that knew her."