Lonnie Kocontes claims the last time he saw his ex-wife, she had plans to get a cup of tea. The couple had been on a Mediterranean cruise ship getaway aboard the Island Escape when Micki Kanesaki left the stateroom she and Kocontes were sharing to get her beverage late at night.
What happened next still remains a mystery to this day.
According to Kocontes, he fell asleep sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on May 26, 2006, during which time his wife had gone to get her tea. He admits to having consumed a glass of wine and sleeping pill, causing him to knock out until about 4:30 a.m., when he noticed Kanesaki was not in the room. At this point, Kocontes alerted the ship’s crew, which began an investigation into the cruise ship passenger disappearance. The next day Italian police boarded the vessel, obtained surveillance footage from the ship and took statements of the crew. Shortly after, Kanesaki’s body washed ashore the coast of Paola, Italy.