Imagine you’re wrapping up your Baja Carnival cruise, heading back to port, and you happen to see a group of 20 FBI agents rendezvous with your ship and board while you’re still at sea. Sound crazy? That was the scene on the Carnival Elation Wednesday, where a 55 year old Shirley McGill was killed after a domestic dispute.
Carnival released a statement saying in part that “A domestic dispute occurred between a husband and wife in their cabin, resulting in the wife’s death…The husband was taken into custody aboard the vessel and all appropriate authorities, including the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard, were notified.”
The San Diego FBI office confirmed that 20 agents had met the ship at sea, and spent the night interviewing the husband and up to 40 potential witnesses.
On Friday, the San Diego County medical examiner conducted an autopsy, and concluded that McGill had died of strangulation and blunt force injury to the head and torso.
Her Husband, Robert McGill has been charged with the murder, following several reports that he confessed the crime to federal officials.
“Defendant Robert McGill stated he killed his wife in the bathroom of their cabin with his bare hands,” a criminal complaint filed by FBI Special Agent James Stinnett says, according to Los Angeles’ Daily News.
Carnival stated that the Elation’s scheduled departure Thursday would not be delayed.
The 70,000-ton, 2,052-passenger Elation is based in San Diego and is currently running a 5-day Baja Mexico Cruise which includes stops in Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico.