Answers Still Elusive in Guma Aguiar Case, One Year Later - NBC 6 South Florida

Answers Still Elusive in Guma Aguiar Case, One Year Later

The Fort Lauderdale millionaire was last seen on June 19, 2012



    Guma Aguiar Disappearance Still a Mystery One Year Later

    Exactly one year after Fort Lauderdale millionaire Guma Aguiar disappeared, there are still no answers. Mother Ellen Aguiar comments. (Published Thursday, June 20, 2013)

    Exactly one year to the day that Fort Lauderdale millionaire Guma Aguiar disappeared, there is still no official word or proof if he is dead or alive.

    Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Det. DeAnna Greenlaw told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the agency still considers Aguiar missing, and that the case will remain open until new evidence surfaces, or the court declares him dead.

    Aguiar, 35, was last seen on his home surveillance video taking a fishing boat out into choppy waters the night of June 19, 2012. His 31-foot long boat surfaced early the next morning off Las Olas Boulevard with the lights and engine still running. Aguiar's wallet and cell phone were found on board, but no remains of him were ever found, despite search efforts by Fort Lauderdale Police, the Broward Sheriffs Office and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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    2 Attorneys Appointed For Guma Aguiar

    [MI] 2 Attorneys Appointed For Guma Aguiar
    Broward Judge Mark Speiser named Tom Panza and Jack Siler as Guma Aguiar's conservators. The attorney of his mother, Ellen Aguiar, gave her reaction after the hearing. "There is clearly a conflict between Ellen Aguiar and Jamie Aguiar," Ilene Lieberman said. She said a neutral third party would have been their first choice, but Panza is a very reputable person and they will work with him.
    (Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012)

    The Brazilian-born-and-South-Florida-raised millionaire earned his fortune in the energy industry. In the days before his disappearance, he was facing hard times at work and a strained marriage, his mother, Ellen Aguiar, told NBC 6.

    "[He's] someone who feels that they're surrounded by enemies on every side and is trying to find the right course to survive," she said.

    Aguiar's fortune is estimated to be about $100 million. His mother, and wife, Jamie, were locked in lawsuits for control of his fortune.

    Family Fights for Missing Millionaire s Estate in Court

    [MI] Family Fights for Missing Millionaire s Estate in Court
    After lawyers for the wife and mother of missing millionaire Guma Aguiar haggled in court Thursday over who will get control of his estate, the answer could be neither side.William Scherer, the attorney for Aguiar's wife, Jamie Aguiar, and his mother, Ellen Aguiar, speak to NBC 6.
    (Published Friday, June 29, 2012)

    "She's got four kids and herself," said Jamie Aguiar's then-attorney, William Scherer, outside a conservator hearing last year. "She's alone, and she's got a mess."

    A judge eventually named conservators to oversee Aguiar's estate. Aguiar gave millions to Jewish causes here in the U.S. and back in Israel, where his mother, wife and children are said to have returned.

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