FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A South Florida missing man’s wife and mother have been battling it out to have control over his estate but for the first time they are on the same side.
Both want him to be officially declared dead so they have access to his money.
In the family feud over missing multi-millionaire Guma Aguiar’s fortune, his wife faced off against her mother and sister in-law on Wednesday.
The trio have been rivaling over real estate in Israel valued at about $12 million since
Guma Aguiar disappeared almost three years ago.
On the stand Wednesday, Aguira’s wife and mother of his four kids immediately started to tear up as she was questioned about what happened after she reported the millionaire missing.
“The police showed up at our house and said they found his boat had washed ashore,” said Jamie Aguiar.
The boat was found around 1:00 a.m.
Surveillance video shows him hours earlier at his Ft. Lauderdale home just before he boarded his boat and left, never to be seen or heard from again.
The lawyers also questioned the mother about Aguiars whereabouts. She said she hasn’t heard from her oldest son since June 19, 2012.
The wife also testified that there has been no activity on his bank accounts for nearly three years.
Lawyers brought out the lead detective in Aguiar’s missing person investigation, Detective Steven Novak, who told the judge about the condition in which his boat was found.
“The boat was ashore…the ignition was in the on position. The lights were on. The board and the throttle was in the forward position,” said Novak.
Both the mother and wife are hoping this information is enough to persuade a judge to declare Guma Aguiar dead.
Once the decision is made to declare Aguiar dead, the feud over his money and millions of dollars in real estate will likely continue.
The judge did not make a decision on Wednesday.
The lawyers for the wife plan to bring two more expert witnesses to testify Thursday morning.