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Elderly couple reported missing from cruise ship docked in Long Beach

January 16, 2009 |  4:55 pm

Updated at 6:30 p.m.: Carnival says the couple’s cabin door was double locked from the inside with a "do not disturb" sign on the handle. The couple’s personal belongings remained inside the cabin and the door leading from the cabin to the balcony was unlocked.

Federal agents were called to Long Beach Harbor on Friday after an elderly couple who took a Mexican cruise this week were reported missing by cruise ship officials, authorities said.

They were described as a 90-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman, both from Southern California. Authorities did not release their names.

The FBI was notified about the missing couple about noon Friday. They were unaccounted for when the cruise ship docked in Long Beach, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

"They didn't disembark from the ship as scheduled," Eimiller said.

The Carnival ship "Paradise" left Long Beach on Monday for a five-day cruise to Mexico. The ship stopped at Catalina Island and Ensenada before making the return trip.

Eimiller confirmed that FBI investigators were on the scene combing the couple's cabin for possible evidence.

--Andrew Blankstein

And Associated Press