http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080403/news_1m3mom.htmlMissing woman, husband lived apart
Couple were in court fight for children, records show
By Kristina Davis
April 3, 2008
SAN DIEGO – Their marriage of nearly nine years appeared to be an atypical union that fell far short of wedded bliss.
From the moment Henry and Rosa Lisowski eloped in Las Vegas in 1999, they lived in separate homes, according to divorce records filed by Henry Lisowski.
Last week, after nearly a year into the couple's bitter divorce and custody battle over two young sons, Rosa Lisowski disappeared.
Police have named Henry Lisowski, 66, as a person of interest in the case. No arrests have been made.
The 48-year-old woman was last seen March 24, when she walked her son to Barnard Elementary School in Point Loma at 7:30 a.m., San Diego police said.
Detectives on Friday searched Henry Lisowski's house in Ocean Beach and a day later served a search warrant on his boat at Quivira Basin on Mission Bay.
Divers also searched the water under the boat, San Diego police Lt. Terry McManus said. Investigators have not revealed the results of the searches.
Relatives are now caring for the couple's sons, ages 4 and 6.
The couple were scheduled to appear in court yesterday for their divorce, but a judge postponed the proceedings until July.
Henry Lisowski, who is representing himself in the divorce, did not show up for yesterday's hearing.
A family friend said last week that Rosa filed police reports earlier in the year indicating she feared for her safety.
According to court documents, the couple met at a swap meet in 1997. Henry Lisowski had been working for a small company that makes computer motherboards, while Rosa Lisowski was working as a caretaker for an older man.
Rosa Lisowski had crossed the U.S. border about six years earlier, her husband claimed.
In the courts records, Henry Lisowski said he married Rosa to secure citizenship for her, and that she signed a prenuptial agreement stating that the pair would keep separate property and that she would not be able to ask for spousal support.
However, she responded in records that she had never seen the premarital agreement and that her signature was forged. She said the idea to marry was his, and that she received a work permit each year to stay in the country legally.
Henry Lisowski listed himself as unemployed in recent divorce filings. He earned money by selling rental property throughout the county and investing the profits, according to court documents.