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Wednesday 5 October 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Brito was on board the Australian registered ketch Zangano
skippered by her love -interest
Alexander Mackinnon Roehrs, when she mysteriously went
overboard while sailing from American
Samoa to Rarotonga.
When the Zangano docked at the Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga on
Tuesday August 30 2016, Roehrs
reported his missing passenger to the Cook Islands
authorities. The police immediately assumed
responsibility of the case and commenced their
investigation, ensuring Roehrs remain on the island
for nearly four months while they followed up with
As your readers may recall, I have been following the
progress of this state of affairs and have
written extensively about how I believe the Cook Islands
justice system has not met its obligations in
getting to the truth of what happened to Lissette, six years
My purpose in compiling this article is to remind those in
power that sometime during 2023, the long awaited seven-year period for
convening a Coronial Inquest is due.
I look forward to an open and full inquiry where witnesses
are called and examined and where the police at last will report on their now
ongoing seven-year investigation.
During the six years I have been gathering information on
Lissette’s disappearance, I have gathered much valuable evidence, I believe
will be helpful to the Coroner and look forward to presenting it.
As I have previously written, the real tragedy in the
Lissette Brito case is that nobody ever tried to look for her.
Not the Cook Islands Police who took on the missing persons
case and who are responsible for
Not her husband to be and travelling companion, Alex Roehrs
who was the skipper and owner of the
yacht Zangano when she disappeared overboard.
And astoundingly not even her immediate family in faraway
Venezuela, South America.
The Cook Islands Police have never made public any of the
facts regarding this disappearance, apart
from classifying Lissette as a missing person.
To add insult to injury they have blocked my attempts to
gain access to their file and my quest for the truth.
Lissette’s case has to count. It can’t be forgotten or
Justice must not only be done. It must be seen to be done.
Cook Islands News has reached out to Cook Islands Police for comment.