44-year-old Lafayette native Juwanna Brooks went overboard in the Gulf of Mexican nearly a week ago. The Mexican Navy was leading the search.
Her mother, Marilyn Winfrey, was informed of the news Friday afternoon. She also told KATC this was Juwanna's first cruise, a Christmas present from her husband of 13 years.
When the cruise ship returned to New Orleans Thursday, passengers said they noticed Juwanna and her husband arguing at dinner before being escorted out by security about 30 minutes before she went overboard.
The FBI in New Orleans is investigating the death.