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Body of Woman Missing From Ship Found

Published Jan 20, 2011 8:51 AM by The Maritime Executive

Seattle, WA - Lia Hawkins, 33, was reported missing on Thursday by her brother and other crew onboard the M/V Sahara.

Divers discovered her body Friday morning under a pier in the Seattle shipyard where the boat was docked. Hawkins was a manager onboard the 303-foot former NOAA ship that was being converted into a luxury yacht.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office reportedly announced that she died of a skull fracture and drowning after falling from an elevated surface into the water.

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