Arrest Warrant Issued For Missing Boater; Still No Sign Of Lee Kent

September 5, 2011

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Jay resident Alonzo Lee Kent, who went missing following a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico about a week ago. So far, there’s been no sign of Kent, but his boat was found Friday offshore from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

The stalking warrant for Kent’s arrest was signed last Tuesday by an Escambia County judge, the same day the U.S. Coast Guard ended a three-day search for him and his 32-foot Boston Whaler in the Gulf.

Pensacola Police said a 40-year old woman, whose name has not been released, reported that Kent had repeatedly stalked and harassed her for months. The woman claimed he called her over four dozen times, yelled obscenities while banging on her door and sat outside her home for four hours drinking beer.

According to Escambia County Clerk of Courts records, a temporary restraining order was issued against Kent after being filed by a Pensacola woman on August 26.

Kent’s The Monkey Bar II was located  near Chuburna, a small town on the Yucatan Peninsula. There was no one aboard the Boston Whaler, according to the Progreso Hoy newspaper website.

The boat was floating with the keys in the console but no one aboard, according to fisherman Yam Chan who found the boat. The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed late Friday night that the Monkey Bar II was being  held by Mexican authorities pending an investigation.

The newspaper reported that pirates from the Cuban-American mafia sometimes use boats to smuggle undocumented Cubans onto the Yucatan Peninsula.

About 8:30 a.m. on August  28, family reported 41-year old Kent, now a resident of Gulf Breeze, missing after he did not return from a fishing trip south of Pensacola Pass. The Coast Guard  called off their search for Kent on Tuesday after searching an area larger than Maryland.

Pictured: The Monkey Bar II, the fishing boat belonging to a former Jay resident missing since a fish trip last week, was found in Chuburna, Mexico. Photo courtesy Progreso Hoy for, click to enlarge.


29 Responses to “Arrest Warrant Issued For Missing Boater; Still No Sign Of Lee Kent”

  1. John Powell on September 6th, 2011 11:40 pm

    He does look familar. I do remember the Dr. Going missing. Was about 1980/89? Used him once but what was his name? Older guy. Paper wrote about it and also that he and his wife were on the divorce road.
    Also what ever happened to the guys who shot the mayor of Flomaton’s son and he became paralyzed? Or was it his secutary’s son? All this happened about 25 years ago and nothing was ever said about it again.
    Small town papers seem to not follow up as years pass. Maybe someone should write a book on all of the old unsolved cases of the area.

  2. whitepunknotondope on September 6th, 2011 8:57 pm

    “Could he have went over there to obtain drugs, and it became a drug deal gone bad?”

    Nobody in this area has to travel all the way to Mexico to obtain pot. More like 2 miles in any direction.

  3. ;Ron on September 6th, 2011 6:28 pm

    Yes, reminds me of Doctor S. who dissappered with his plane. Search lasted a long time and no sign of him ever. Just shows, with money you can go just about anywhere and won’t be found

  4. Davis on September 6th, 2011 5:23 pm

    The dude goes offshore fishing by himself? Where is the fishing gear? This guy had a rendezvous set up!

  5. Amigo on September 6th, 2011 5:21 pm

    Probably headed down to Cozumel to do the next Corona commercial

  6. 429SCJ on September 6th, 2011 3:02 pm

    Hello Resdent. I doubt if Alonzo, went to Mexico to buy smoke, when the best is right here. I noticed Roy Allens comments, Lee is a nice person, to hear Madam X tell it, he sounds like a sociopath. I noticed the name of the boat, does Mr Kent have ties to NYC? I hope this joker turns up safe.

  7. just is on September 6th, 2011 10:52 am

    @Bwayne, no disrespect sir, but with 2 outboards turning 1200 or so RPM, the boat could easily travel twice as far than the published fuel burn rate at say 4200 RPM.
    These engines would only burn 2-4 gal per hour vs. 30+ gph at cruising speed. With that said, the boat could have very easily made the Yucatan Penisula or Cuba.
    The heirs would likely never never seen or heard a thing if it was found in Castro’s waters.

  8. mc on September 6th, 2011 9:21 am

    There is no way this is a $400,000 boat. This boat can be had brand new for $160,000 with electronics and all.

    Hope a safe return will come soon.

  9. Interested on September 6th, 2011 8:35 am

    I keep wondering what this guy did for living, he looks so familiar to me,
    but I can’t place him.
    It is a beautiful boat, the first thing I thought was wow what a nice boat,
    poor man I hope he is found safe.
    Now I don’t know what to think about any of this, it is just such a horrible
    horrible story.

  10. Tim on September 6th, 2011 7:53 am


    With the way his boat was setup, the estimated value was placed at roughly $400,000.

    Yeah, that’s a lot of boat to just leave.

    This could of just been a tragic accident, or it might have been worth leaving it all to start over.

  11. fair minded on September 5th, 2011 11:47 pm

    @ William… original post was an error. It was intended for pnj. My apologies.

  12. Roy allen on September 5th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Just I wish people these terrible comments out of this Lee is a good person and has a fine Mother and Father and Brother. Lets just concentrate on finding Lee and leavee the rest up to the law to figure out.

  13. Michelle on September 5th, 2011 8:21 pm

    His family must be frantic. This story gets stranger and weirder every day. Either way I hope he turns alive and well. For his families sake.

  14. loquacious on September 5th, 2011 5:57 pm

    It’s looking likelier that he returned to the mainland and is dodging the law — but that is an expensive boat. Very: 32 ft Boston Whaler with twin engines and lots of electronics? About $120K. So in answer to “does he have money?” yeah, especially if he bought that boat new.

    The PNJ was the paper that published the plaintiff’s name in the stalking charge.

  15. David Huie Green on September 5th, 2011 3:50 pm

    “Clerk of Court shows his birthday is August 27th, which is around this same time ”

    The articles said he was expected at his birthday party later that evening but didn’t show up

  16. N.H.F. on September 5th, 2011 3:50 pm

    Does this remind anyone of a Dr. in Century long ago ?

  17. resident on September 5th, 2011 3:14 pm

    Weird. Clerk of Court shows his birthday is August 27th, which is around this same time that he went missing. Also, unrelated to the date being so close to his birthday, he had previously been arrested for marijuana possession. Could he have went over there to obtain drugs, and it became a drug deal gone bad? Really strange!

  18. Sandra on September 5th, 2011 3:07 pm

    “fair minded” is representative of alot of this sites readership….slow on the uptake.

  19. ron on September 5th, 2011 12:56 pm

    @ Fair Minded

    Police said a 40 yr old woman whose name has not been released yet.maybe read it again before going off on william.. great job william keep up the good work

  20. whitepunknotondope on September 5th, 2011 12:35 pm

    Maybe fairminded thought the woman’s name was Yam Chan.

    If he took his own life out there by going overboard, nobody will ever know what happened to him. He may have been drinking and fell overboard. Same result. No one will ever know.

    Faked his death? Did the man have a lot of money? Friends down that way? Otherwise that’s a doubtful scenario.

    The mafia angle is ludicrous and doesn’t warrant a mention in the context of this story.

  21. 429SCJ on September 5th, 2011 12:17 pm

    Reminds me of that Knowdine case.

  22. Jtdcvg on September 5th, 2011 12:16 pm

    Unless 40 year old woman is now a name they didn’t print anything

  23. Ifish4 on September 5th, 2011 12:11 pm

    I believe Fair Minded has confused this website with a website that did publish the woman’s name.

  24. William on September 5th, 2011 11:57 am

    Fair minded wrote:

    >>I am curious to know why if the police put forth the efforts to maintain the woman’s privacy did you find it necessary to dig further to find her name and then publish it? This has nothing to do with the freedom of the press.

    What are you talking about it? We did not publish the woman’s name, only the released info.

  25. Fair Minded on September 5th, 2011 11:55 am

    I am curious to know why if the police put forth the efforts to maintain the woman’s privacy did you find it necessary to dig further to find her name and then publish it?
    This has nothing to do with the freedom of the press.

  26. Interested on September 5th, 2011 9:07 am

    This stuff just sounds more and more like a sorry mess. I’m sure there
    will be a lot more come to light on this story at some future date.

  27. 429SCJ on September 5th, 2011 8:52 am

    I wish to extend our apologies to the Cuban Mafia and Mexican Cartels for these false acusations, its always the Hispanic/Latino man in the Fountain Lightning, they blame.

  28. bwayne on September 5th, 2011 8:23 am

    An earlier article reported that he had 300 gals of fuel, and that he was said to have stated the boat gets a mile a gallon, so to have gotten over 500 miles from Pensacola on 300 gals of fuel, I believe the boat would have had to be towed (perhaps by hijackers) or was refueled along the way by him or parties unknown. Of course, if he faked his disappearance because of the impending arrest warrant, he could have taken extra fuel with him. Hopefully, he has not met with foul play.

  29. citizen on September 5th, 2011 7:42 am

    This story just gets more and more intriguing. I wonder if there is suspicion that he faked his death? The thought did cross my mind when it was originally reported that his boat was found.

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