Detectives Arrest Pompano Beach Man In Wife’s Disappearance, Murder; Believe Body Was Disposed Of In Unknown Location

Broward Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested Ian Andrew Lanning, 54, of Pompano Beach, in the disappearance and murder of his wife, Irene Lanning Xeniti, 53.

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit, in conjunction with Broward Sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit, have arrested Ian Andrew Lanning, 54, of Pompano Beach, in the disappearance and murder of his wife, Irene Lanning Xeniti, 53.

According to investigators, a missing person alert was issued for Xeniti on Monday, May 30, after she was reported missing by her daughter. Prior to the alert being issued, detectives responded to Xeniti’s home located at 32 N.E. 23rd Avenue in Pompano Beach, where she lived with the suspect. A preliminary investigation revealed Lanning told detectives his wife left the home on May 14 following a verbal dispute, had not returned to the residence since and had not made contact with him.

Broward Sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit detectives searched for Xeniti and investigated the circumstances surrounding her disappearance before the case was transferred to Broward Sheriff’s Homicide Unit on Thursday, June 2.

Through investigative methods, detectives were able to determine the victim’s phone was in the vicinity of the couple’s residence at approximately 1 a.m. on May 21. Detectives also obtained information that indicated the couple had been traveling in the same area on May 20.

On June 8, a search warrant was obtained and executed at the couple’s residence as well as Lanning’s vehicle. During the search, investigators located evidence that suggested Xeniti had been murdered in the couple’s home and that her body had been disposed of in an unknown location.

A warrant for Lanning’s arrest was issued on Saturday, June 11, and he was taken into custody and transported to Broward Sheriff’s Main Jail where he faces one count of first degree murder.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case or the whereabouts of Xeniti’s remains to contact Broward Sheriff’s Homicide Det. Ryan Schnakenberg at 954-321-4200. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477), online at or dial **TIPS (8477) from any cellphone in the United States.

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