Missing millionaire's wife and mother battling over fortune

Published On: Jun 22 2012 08:40:03 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 22 2012 09:06:21 AM EDT
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Missing millionaire Guma Aguiar, right, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (AP).

We've heard from the mother of manic-depressive millionaire Guma Aguiar. Ellen Aguiar said she believes her son, who went out on rough seas Tuesday night and didn't return with the boat, is dead.

"The likelihood is that he was tossed off the boat into the waves," she told ABC News.com. "The boat was found, but the body has not been found."

Now we hear from Aguiar's wife, Jamie, who released this statement exclusively to Local 10 in reaction to her mother-in-law's words. She remains hopeful even though the Coast Guard search for Guma was reportedly called off last night. "I am deeply devastated by the disappearance of my husband and my children's father. We are in continuous contact with the Coast Guard and the Police Department, and are cooperating fully in the effort to help find Guma. ... Above all, we remain hopeful that Guma will be returned home to the family that misses him dearly."

Make no mistake: This is a family that has long been feuding over a Aguiar's fortune and his mysterious disappearance has only intensified that fight.

When Aguiar's empty boat came ashore in Fort Lauderdale early Wednesday morning, the missing man's pants, wallet, and cell phone were found by police. Ellen Aguiar contacted police and obtained the cell phone and wallet. When Jamie Aguiar learned of this, she demanded that police get the items back from her mother-in-law, said Bill Scherer, one of the wife's attorneys.

Yesterday, Ellen Aguiar filed a petition at the Broward County Courthouse to take over her son's fortune, which is valued at about $100 million (and was over $200 million not long ago). Scherer said Jamie Aguiar is going to fight against that happening.

In the background is Aguiar's uncle and former business partner, billionaire Thomas Kaplan, who has been locked in a high-stakes legal battle with Aguiar over the $200 million Aguiar received as his share of a natural gas drilling company the two men built. Kaplan is Ellen Aguiar's now estranged brother.

Stay tuned on this one because there's much more to report.

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