Originally published July 16, 2009 at 10:12 a.m., updated July 16, 2009 at 11:03 a.m.
SAN DIEGO A cruise ship passenger was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly killing his wife days earlier during a trip to Mexico, authorities said.
The man was arrested by FBI agents after the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation docked at its homeport in San Diego, FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth said.
The identities of the couple were not immediately released.
The man and his 55-year-old wife got into a dispute in their cabin on Tuesday evening and she was killed, according to Foxworth and a statement from Carnival Cruise Lines.
Crew members found her body when they entered the cabin, Foxworth said. The man was taken into custody aboard the vessel while it sailed home, Carnival said.
Security kept the man in the brig until the ship docked at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, said John Gilmore, a spokesman for the Port of San Diego.
The San Diego County medical examiner arrived and removed the woman's body about three hours later, he said.
Other passengers said they were told nothing official but rumors flew on the ship Wednesday that a man may have killed his wife.
The Elation had departed San Diego on Saturday on a five-night cruise to Cabo San Lucas.