Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Joe Cool mystery

Vanessa Blum details here the mystery surrounding the Joe Cool boat and its missing passengers and the arrest of two men pulled from a lifeboat near the abandoned boat:

On Tuesday, Kirby Archer, 35, and Guillermo Zarabozo, 19, were charged, respectively, with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and making a false statement to a federal agent, according to FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela. The men had been questioned by agents since they were plucked from a life raft Monday morning.

Here's the AP article, which details some of the criminal complaint:

According to an FBI affidavit, Zarabozo initially claimed to his Coast Guard rescuers that "unknown subjects" had hijacked the boat, shot and killed the four crew members and then ordered Zarabozo to throw the bodies into the sea. Zarabozo later told the FBI he had never been on the "Joe Cool," even though his state identification card was found on the boat.
The affidavit also says that a substance appearing to be blood was found on the stern of the boat, along with six marijuana cigarettes, a laptop computer, luggage, clothes and a cell phone.
Archer, the affidavit said, admitted that he was a fugitive and knew that he could not travel by air.
Both men were being held without bail at a federal detention center in Miami.

And the Herald article here.


Anonymous said...

Could they have wanted to be report missing then when boat was found someone could have seen them charter boat. Maybe there money is in Cuba and they got caught before they got to Cuba.

Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

These two aren't smart enough to have been innocent. Consider this, four experienced boaters don't disappear while two likely inexperienced boaters are found in a life raft! They robbed and killed all four and tossed their bodies overboard, ransacked the boat and left. Remember, the boat's dingy was still aboard. My suggestion, save taxpayer money, return the men to the sea where they were found, sans lifeboat, with the explanation they are not eligible to be rescued. Why are we wasting money on them? Throw them back into the ocean, no life raft, no PFDs, no food, no water, nothing but them, the ocean and maybe some time to think about what they have done before passing from this life.

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of the family,Jake,Kelley,Scott,and Samuel were the greatest people anyone would ever meet,the fact that these two strangers involved them in their bizarre escape attempt infuriates me. Their family and friends miss them dearly,and Jake and Kelley have two beautiful daughters who will never know the love of their parents.Scott and Samuel are survived by their loved ones as well. This is tragic and has broken the hearts of everyone involved. I hope Archer and Zarabozo rot in jail for the rest of time.