Missing: Kathy Lugongo-Nicastro | Warwick, RI | Uncovered

Kathy Lugongo-Nicastro

A young mother has a fight with her husband and is later found dead in her car

  • Last updated: March 12, 2022
  • Warwick, RI
  • May 18, 1984


Kathy was 28 when she was murdered. She had been married two years and had a young son. She was energetic, very healthy, outgoing, a talented seamstress and her friends say she was an incredible mother.

The day Kathy vanished seemed to be a normal day. She had stopped working when her son was born.  She spent her time doting on her son, volunteering at Weight Watchers, and regularly tanning at Tan Tasia. At 5 pm on March 18, 1984, Kathy went to the gym at Holiday Health in the Warwick Mall then to dinner with two friends at September's. These friends reported that Kathy was her normal self. She had a grilled cheese sandwich. No alcohol was consumed.  After dinner, at 8:30 pm, she arrived at her home.

Kathy’s husband David reported to police that she wanted him to go back out with her, but he didn’t want to.  A fight ensued, in which she took off her wedding rings. David had previously refused counseling.  Kathy was considering divorce. Kathy left the house in her car without telling her husband where she was going.

On Sunday, May 22, 1976, a witness saw Kathy's blue 1976 Toyota Celica hatchback with her vanity Rhode Island plates "Luongo" parked near city hall. “In order to lock the car from the outside, either a key had to be used or the outer handle held up with locks engaged and then shut.  If locked from the outside, the person locking the car had to know that.  Again, keys were inside the car.” –Warwick PD

The husband was the primary suspect.  A grand jury was called for subpoena purposes, but not enough evidence ever surfaced to make an arrest.  There was some new investigation in 1998 when a lead arose in regards to a former next-door neighbor.  DNA was taken from this suspect, but results were reported as inconclusive and no arrests were made.  Otherwise, no investigation has taken place in the 24 intervening years.  It’s unclear if the case is actually still “open”.


  1. Date Missing:May 18, 1984
  2. Date Found:May 20, 1984
  3. Date of Death:May 18, 1984
  4. Birthday:September 5, 1955
  5. Current Age:66
  6. Age at Incident:28
  7. Race:Caucasian / White
  8. Gender:Female
  9. Height:5'10"
  10. Weight:145 lbs
  11. Hair Color:Brown

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