In a concerning turn of events, a 26-year-old man named Kevin McGrath has been reported missing from a docked Carnival cruise ship in Miami. The Carnival Conquest, which had just returned to the Port of Miami, became the center of a search operation after McGrath's disappearance. McGrath was last seen in his cabin aboard the ship at around 2 a.m. local time on September 4.
According to Carnival, McGrath's family member reported him missing, prompting an immediate response from both the cruise line and the Miami-Dade Police Department. Miami-Dade Police released a missing persons poster, describing McGrath as a 26-year-old Black man with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, and gray sneakers.
Carnival stated that McGrath was last seen in his cabin at approximately 7 a.m., according to his cabinmate. This was around the time when guests were leaving the ship, suggesting that McGrath may have disembarked. However, an extensive search conducted by both the cruise line and the U.S. Coast Guard did not find any trace of him on board.
In an effort to cover all possible areas, the U.S. Coast Guard deployed a helicopter to search the water in the general vicinity of the ship. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade police officers boarded the ship to conduct an investigation and search. Despite these coordinated efforts, McGrath remained elusive.
Adding to the mystery, Carnival revealed that McGrath was not detected by surveillance systems, including U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, during the debarkation process. This raises questions about how he could have disappeared without a trace. Nevertheless, police cleared the ship to sail on, implying that authorities did not suspect any foul play on board.
Concerns for McGrath's well-being have been heightened due to the fact that police believe he "may be in need of services." While the exact nature of these services has not been disclosed, it suggests that McGrath may be facing personal challenges or potential harm.
The Miami-Dade Police Department took to Twitter to share the missing person's alert, urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477 or by dialing **TIPS. The post included a photo of McGrath, hoping that public awareness might aid in his discovery.
Meanwhile, Carnival assured that they were in close contact with McGrath's family through their Carnival Care Team. However, when NBC News reached out to McGrath's brother, he declined to comment on the situation.
The search for Kevin McGrath continues, with both the Coast Guard and local authorities actively scouring the Port of Miami and the South Florida shore. As the investigation unfolds, authorities are determined to uncover the truth behind McGrath's baffling disappearance and ensure his safety.