Tamia Taylor’s body has been found after going missing from a riverboat birthday cruise, PEOPLE reports. The 21-year-old disappeared after going to Memphis to celebrate her birthday with friends on Sept. 9. The Memphis Police Department released a statement on Sept 12, saying her friends didn’t see Taylor once the boat returned to the dock.
“Miss Taylor boarded the Island Queen Booze Cruise at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, September 9, 2023, but was not seen by her companions after the boat returned to the dock and everyone offloaded,” the statement read. “There were two exits on the boat for patrons to offload at the conclusion of the ride.”
Her mother drove to Memphis to file a missing persons report after she failed to get in touch with her. MPD released another statement on Sept. 23 after a body was “recovered on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River.” Her body was positively identified on Sept. 27. The owners of the boat, Memphis Riverboats, said in a statement that they had “no reason to believe she could have gone overboard” and had video footage to prove it. – Steve Sijenyi