The owner of the Tiffany’s jewellery empire in Turkey has died after plunging from a cruise ship in the South Pacific.
Dilek Ertek, 71, fell in the sea off the coast of Tahiti while on holiday with her Swiss boyfriend.
Police on the island questioned the unnamed man after requests from her family.
But he was later released without charge due to the lack of evidence and has since returned to Switzerland.
Ms Ertek’s son Gokce Atuk claimed jewellery had gone missing from the safe in her Norwegian Spirit cabin.
The crew had reportedly kept her lover under observation until the ship arrived at Papeete port.
Dilek Ertek is said to have fallen overboard the Norwegian Spirit cruise ship (Picture: Supplied)© Provided by Metro
Her family claimed CCTV showed she fell in the early hours on October 26 but was not reported missing for 20 hours.
They are said to be taking legal action against the ship’s operator.
A search for her body was organised immediately but to no avail.
Experts seem baffled over how Ms Ertek – who was just over 5’1 – was able to fall over the three-feet-high guard rail to her cabin.
Captain Mustafa Can reportedly said: ‘It is difficult to fall from this type of passenger and cruise ship.’
Security footage from the vessel is being studied, with images showing that an unknown figure fell into the sea at that time, according to Turkish media.
‘Ms Ertek opened the first Tiffany & Co shop in Istanbul in 1995 and was brand supplier in Turkey’Ms Ertek opened the first Tiffany & Co shop in Istanbul in 1995 and was brand supplier in Turkey
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She is said to have fallen overboard the Norwegian Spirit cruise ship (Picture: Supplied)
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The 71-year-old’s family are taking legal action, it has been claimed (Picture: Supplied)
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