Li Yinglei, Allegedly Murdered by Husband, Thrown Overboard MSC Magnifica Off Italy Coast February 10, 2017, Time of Death Unknown.
Li Yinglei, 36, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017. When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen.
Li Yinglei, who by some reports had adopted the English name Angie, was of Chinese nationality but was living in Ireland with her German husband and their children.
Daniel Belling’s Chinese wife Li Yinglei (Xing Lei Li) also known as Angie, was a cruise and wedding planner who started Cinderella’s Wedding in 2015. Cinderella’s Wedding offered a range of packages, including wedding dress rentals, decor and photo album design. The couple also had a range of podcasts on their website, which featured Angie narrating different travel destinations and cruises. The website is still live at this time.
The last time she was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise, when the family went into a Genoa, Italy tourist souvenir shop.
This case has some similarities to the cruise ship murder case of Micki Kanesaki. Kanesaki is also an Asian woman who went on Mediterranean cruise with her partner, California lawyer, Lonnie Kocontes. She too had a volatile relationship with her husband and had a minor brush with the law. She also disappeared during the cruise off the coast of Italy.
Her husband was investigated by the FBI for her murder, after her body surfaced and an autopsy showed she had been strangled. The FBI was not able to build a case against him, but California did. He has been in a California prison since 2013 awaiting trial. He is also charged with trying to pay a hit man to kill another wife who testified against him in this current case.
This case is now being investigated at Cruise Bruise. All case updates can be found there.