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Fort Lauderdale man indicted for kidnapping in connection with wife’s disappearance

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – On May 15, a grand jury returned an indictment charging David Knezevich, a/k/a “David Knezevic,” a/k/a “Dusan Knezevic,” with one count of kidnapping in connection with his wife’s disappearance.

According to court documents, Knezevich traveled out of Miami International Airport to kidnap his wife, who was residing in Spain.  Upon traveling out of Miami, Knezevich rented a car in Serbia shortly before his wife’s disappearance and drove to Spain.  On the last day Knezevich’s wife was seen alive, Knezevich was captured on video surveillance in Spain, purchasing spray paint and duct tape.  The same evening, an individual wearing a face covering and a motorcycle helmet, believed to be Knezevich, was captured on video spray painting the surveillance camera at his wife’s apartment building in Madrid.  Knezevich’s wife has not been heard from since.

Knezevich was arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint on May 4, 2024, after flying into Miami International Airport from Serbia.  On May 10, 2024, Chief Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres ordered Knezevich detained pending trial. 

If convicted, Knezevich faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. 

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI, Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Spanish law enforcement authorities.  The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) provided assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lacee Elizabeth Monk of the Special Prosecutions Section is prosecuting it.

Anyone with related information should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

An indictment contains mere allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

You may find a copy of this press release (and any updates) on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 24-cr-20201.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated May 28, 2024

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