Attack Victim's Body Returned to Texas After Suicide

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - The body of an 18-year-old who survived a brutal attack last year but leapt to his death earlier this week while on a cruise ship to Mexico was returned to Texas on Thursday.

Shortly after a Carnival Cruise Lines ship he had been aboard returned to port, David Ritcheson's body taken to the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy will be conducted.

Ritcheson's parents, who met the ship at a port in Mexico and accompanied their son's body to Galveston, did not speak with the media after the vessel came ashore.

FBI agents boarded the ship after it returned and began interviewing passengers and the vessel's employees for an investigation into Ritcheson's death, part of the routine when a cruise passenger dies offshore. That is according to an agency spokeswoman.

She says there was no indication of foul play.

Ritcheson's family attorney says the teen went on the cruise with two friends and the parents of one of the friends.

The day after the ship left Galveston, witnesses and officials say Ritcheson climbed a tower on the ship and jumped overboard after attempts to talk him down failed.



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