Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Elaine Kwiatkowski and her brother Danny were last seen on May 29, 1976. They were heading to Plymouth for a day of fishing along with their dates; Jana Coonan and Daniel Poirier.
Elaine had recently broken up with a longtime boyfriend and started to date Danny Poirier, a roofer from a large family in Worcester, who had returned in 1969 from two tours of duty in Vietnam.
The next morning, fishermen came upon Danny Kwiatkowski’s tri-hull Arrowglass motorboat floating partially submerged — but otherwise undamaged — about 6 miles off the coast of Marshfield. The boat was swamped, but that wasn’t the only sign of trouble: the outboard motor was tilted up as though someone had been looking for a malfunction, while the anchor line looked like it had been cut. Their baited fishing rods were still attached to the side of the boat, while a distress flare on the boat and three life belts were recovered unused. The people were gone, leaving behind only Elaine’s purse, two pairs of shoes, and some cans of soda.
For two days, the Coast Guard searched, focusing intently on 10 square miles near where the boat was discovered, logging 41 hours of search time by boats and helicopters. Late on Memorial Day, however, Coast Guard officials suspended the search.
On October 25, 1976 the fishing trawler Barbara Christine found a man’s leg that came up in the nets, not far from where Danny Kwiatkowski’s boat had been recovered: The leg was still inside a high leather boot that contained a wallet with various identification cards in the name of Danny Kwiatkowski. The Kwiatkowski family confirmed that the wallet and boot were Danny’s and they buried it in Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester.
A second set of remains was recovered on the same day and was identified as Jana Coonan's remains in 2014.
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