Family Believes Missing Boater Is Dead

September 8, 2011

The family of missing boater Alonzo Lee Kent apparently believes he’s dead — they have published an obituary for the former Jay resident that says he was lost at sea and scheduled a memorial service for Sunday on Pensacola Beach.

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.

Kent’s The Monkey Bar II was located near Chuburna, a small town on the Yucatan Peninsula — about 550 miles away. 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 and out of gas. There was 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.

Back in the U.S., a warrant for Kent’s arrest was signed August 30 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. He was scheduled to appear in court in Pensacola on Wednesday.

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


15 Responses to “Family Believes Missing Boater Is Dead”

  1. HMMMM on September 9th, 2011 3:30 pm

    ONLY HE and GOD know what has happened to him…and possibly family. I would assume the police have looked into whether any additional insurance was taken out recently or the amount increased on his original policy (if he had any)……GOD will judge him one day and anyone that was in on the scam with him (if it is indeed a scam), so nobody needs to worry or speculate, the ONLY judge that matters will judge him

  2. knows about insurance on September 8th, 2011 9:30 pm

    There is a 7 year waiting period before collecting on an insurance policy when there is no body. If this guy is alive, trying to get away from the law and his debts, then shame on him for putting his family through this. We are not to judge least we be judged.

  3. Kosher Dave on September 8th, 2011 9:22 pm

    “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.”

    Did she call the police? If so… 4 hours? Really?

  4. Land1 on September 8th, 2011 8:59 pm

    Sounds like a Lifetime episode…..Praying that he turns up alive,God Bless

  5. donut on September 8th, 2011 3:18 pm

    Yep, this smells like “Low Tide”.

  6. donut on September 8th, 2011 3:15 pm

    I still think he planned the whole thing, apparently the family is in on it too. Must be some insurance. The whole thing is stinky. I’m not stupid, and I’m sure the whole dirty truth will come out soon enough!

  7. J on September 8th, 2011 2:17 pm

    I think it’s a little early to assume death. Something does not sound right. Did his family not love him? They sure called in a missing report for him quickly enough for it to seem planned..

  8. Wondering on September 8th, 2011 12:19 pm

    Isn’t there a 7 year waiting period on insurance money for a missing person?

  9. Molino-Anon on September 8th, 2011 11:55 am

    heck yeah! the American way, go in debt to the point you can’t see straight, fake your death, or file bankruptcy and start all over!

    Kent’s a smart man! Hey Kent if you’re reading this, good job!

  10. the good guy on September 8th, 2011 11:03 am

    Oh yes I agree with oversight. lets add up all the clues, boats in working order, recovered in a third world country, legal problems, probably behind on this boat payment, body not recovered, and an obituary for the assumed deceased. sounds like a good insurance fraud claim. he’s probably just a litte south of mexico in costa rica waiting for the insurance loot.

  11. my 2 cents on September 8th, 2011 10:34 am

    Is that a mug shot photo?? LOL I would not wish a missing family member on anyone. You will always wonder what happen to them. That is enough to drive someone insane. Prayers for the family!

  12. 429SCJ on September 8th, 2011 10:28 am

    Time will tell, My Condolences.

  13. poohbear on September 8th, 2011 10:27 am

    I would not assume my son was dead until I had given it a long time for him to be found alive.

  14. Oversight on September 8th, 2011 8:57 am

    This sounds more like a huge insurance fraud than some boating accident especially since the boat was recovered in a third world country.

  15. Bobby V. on September 8th, 2011 7:14 am

    Smells Fishy!

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