Run-away groom returns a month after
Last updated on 14 Jul 2012 10:48
By Allan Olingo
A man who didn’t show up for his wedding returned home after one month, which he spent walking along the beach and sleeping in boxes and under bridges, his fiancée said.
Kenneth Edward Souza, 51, vanished on April 3, this year, the day he was supposed to marry Annette Loguercio before 50 guests and a rabbi.
“He just came home and knocked on the door. I opened the door and there he was. I just grabbed him and gave him a big hug and told him I loved him,” said Loguercio.
Souza, who was wearing the same clothes he wore when he left, then walked upstairs at the condominium the couple share, and took a shower.
Loguercio, 57, said her fiancée had lost about 18.1 kgs from spending recent weeks “walking up and down the beach from Redondo Beach to Marina del Rey”.
After Souza left last month, a bloody rag was found in the groom’s van and three knives were found in the couple’s shower, but police said there was no crime.
Souza, who set the April 3rd wedding date, proposed to Loguercio in December 2003, four years after the couple met at a dance studio in Bellflower. The night before the wedding, Souza cancelled his bachelor’s party and disappeared for several hours. He apparently went for a swim in the pool at his old residence and came home wet.
Loguercio said she hasn’t given up hopes of a wedding.
“It’s probably a subject we’re not going to broach for quite a while,” she told a US TV station. “We had a bump. We’re just going to figure out how to fix it.”