An Ocean Beach man found guilty of murder earlier this month had died, according to legal sources.
A jury convicted Henry Lisowki, 69, on March 2 of the first degree murder of his estranged wife, Rosa Lisowski. There was also special circumstance allegation of murder for financial gain.
The San Diego Medical Examiner's office will only confirm that someone fitting Lisowski's description has been identified. The office is trying to contact next-of-kin.
Rosa was 50 years old when she was last seen in March 2008, about a week before Harry was supposed to start paying child support. She had just walked her son to school. Investigators never found her body.
The victim's divorce attorney, Laura Miller, testified during a preliminary hearing that her client went to court to get custody of her four children, two by the defendant, and to make her estranged husband pay child support. Miller's paralegal, Treva Cutts, testified Rosa told her Lisowski offered to pay her $50,000 if she dropped the custody case and fired Miller.
Cutts also said Rosa told her Lisowski repeatedly threatened her, saying he would hire someone to kill her and he would go to jail and she would be dead, leaving the children without a mother or father.
"She was just a mess," Cutts testified. "She said that she knew for a fact that Henry would kill her."
Lisowski told police that he put his wife's body in the trash after she died when she fell and injured her head outside his house.
Lisowski had been due back in court in early April for sentencing.