ROME – Daniel Belling, his wife, and their two children set off on an 11-day Mediterranean cruise on Feb. 9. Only three of them boarded a flight back to Dublin—or tried to.
The 45-year-old German native was stopped for questioning at Rome’s Ciampino Airport on Tuesday in connection with the apparent disappearance of his wife, Li Yinglei, and taken into custody.
He has not been charged, but a judge ruled Friday that he must remain in jail until prosecutors make a decision, reports the Irish Times.
The Irish Independent reports the family boarded the luxury Magnifica cruise ship in Civitavecchia, Italy, and records show Li reboarded the ship on the 10th after it docked in Genoa.
After that, there’s no record of the 36-year-old—nor any record of Belling alerting anyone to the fact that his wife had seemingly vanished. The crew’s count of passengers exiting the ship at the cruise’s culmination returned one person less than expected, and Li, who the Telegraph reports went by the name An..