Mother of Missing Guma Aguiar Seeks Control Over Son’s $100M Estate


guma-aguiarThe mother of a missing Florida millionaire whose empty boat mysteriously washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale this past week is seeking control of her son’s estate.

As authorities call off the search for 33-year-old Guma Aguiar, who was last seen Tuesday night, his mother Ellen Aguiar has filed documents to oversee her son’s nearly $100 million fortune, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Ellen Aguiar whose son Guma Aguiar is missing, has filed a legal petition in a Florida court to control his $100 million fortune independent of Aguiar’s wife, Jamie.

In the petition, filed in Broward County court on Thursday, Ellen, says her son disappeared “as the result of mental derangement or other mental cause,” or “under circumstances indicating that he may have died, either naturally, accidentally or at the hands of another,” according to the newspaper.

Included in Aguiar’s investment portfolio is $15 million in cash and $35 million in Israeli real estate, the petition states. He also owns a $5 million home, $2.1 million yacht and more than $1 million in vehicles.

Ellen, 59, also seeks to control support for her son’s wife Jamie and the couple’s four children.

“There is an imminent danger that the property of the absentee is in danger of being wasted, misappropriated or lost unless immediate action is taking because the absentee has disappeared,” Ellen says in the document. “And assets must be protected from waste and/or dissipation.”

The boat that Aguiar, a troubled tycoon who made his millions in the oil and gas business, is thought to have taken out Tuesday night washed ashore early Wednesday morning. The navigation lights were on and the engine still running, but Aguiar was nowhere to be found.

The Coast Guard canvassed the area but didn’t find Aguiar and the search was called off Thursday night around 9 p.m., according to the newspaper.

Fort Lauderdale police are puzzled by the disappearance.

“Everyone is trying to figure out why he got in that boat,” detective Travis Mandell told the Sun Sentinel, noting that weather conditions were hardly ideal.

The National Weather Service had issued a small-craft warning because of high winds and thunderstorms.

Aguiar was active member of his local synagogue and known for generous donations to charities.

{NY Daily News/ Newscenter}