A month after Dennis “Mousey” Lonardo, Jr., disappeared from the boat that was his home, his body was recovered along the shores of East Providence. While his family is grateful for the chance to lay their loved one to rest, they are also still in search of answers. Lonardo, 61 at the time of his death, had lived aboard his boat at the East Providence Yacht Club for 8 years. The last known sighting of him was from security camera footage from the club that showed Lonardo falling into the water. His familiarity with the club's docks and his boat raises questions about the cause of that fall, and his family is looking for answers with the help of Attorney Jude Kerrison.
Attorney Kerrison, who has not yet been able to view the footage of Lonardo's fall himself, hopes either the video or the results of the State Medical Examiner's autopsy will provide clues to its cause. No foul play is suspected, per the police, but there could still be other issues, including negligence, involved in his death.
Answers are the most important thing to the family, who had come to expect this outcome but are still shocked and saddened by his death. Lonardo was a beloved father and grandfather whose life was cut short by this tragic accident. Though the recovery of Lonardo's body and the planned memorial service offer some sense of closure to his loved ones, the questions surrounding his death remain on their minds. It is their hope, and ours, that the evidence available will help form a clear picture of what happened and why.
Lonardo's family and the team at Karns & Kerrison would like to once again thank those who aided their initial search at the beginning of March as well as the woman who called in the report that led police to his body. The support and love community members have shown after Lonardo's disappearance reinforces the fact that he was loved, and will be missed, by many.