Missing millionaire’s mystery still unsolved (FL)

Almost like the opening scene of a mystery thriller, a motorboat washed ashore along nightclub row on Fort Lauderdale Beach on a warm June evening of 2012, lights on and outboard motors running.

But there was no trace of its owner, multi-millionaire Guma Aguiar, only his wallet, cellphone and some clothing; no blood or other sign of foul play. The Brazilian-born businessman and father of four had simply disappeared. And speculation raged: did he kill himself, fake his own death, fall overboard?

When he set out that evening, the weather was savage: 20 mph winds and seas topping five feet. Aguiar’s wife, Jaime, who was out when he left, thought he was in his home office. Coast Guard and police searched the coastline and offshore waters for two days, to no avail.

But it turned out Aguiar led a troubled life, with two mental breakdowns, arrests and threats of divorce.

Two days after his disappearance his mother Ellen sued for control of Aguiar’s nearly $100 million fortune. His wife also filed suit for the money. But family members resolved their legal battles and in January 2015 a judge declared Aguiar legally dead.

Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report


Missing millionaire’s mystery still unsolved
Robert Nolin
April 3, 2015
Sun Sentinel