The wife of missingÂ millionaire Guma Aguiar, who vanishedÂ after steering his motorboatÂ through Port Everglades on a night-time cruise sixÂ months ago, tells how she is struggling through the holidays with their fourÂ children.
‘It’s a very difficult time,’ said JamieÂ Aguiar, 33, of Rio VistaÂ Isles, Florida. ‘I try and count our blessings every single day and try and think of what I’mÂ grateful for.’
Police are still unsure whether Mrs Aguiar isÂ now a widow or an abandoned wife who will have to continue fighting his legalÂ battles without him since it takes five years to be legally declared dead inÂ Florida.
Her blessings include the couple’s daughterÂ and three sons, ages 15 months to 7 years, she said.
Ms. Aguiar said she is ‘thankful that theyÂ have their health. We have food on the table. I just keep reminding myself ofÂ that.’
Despite her husband’s absence, the family hasÂ continued their holiday routines, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
‘We do both Christmas and Hanukkah, just as IÂ always have,’ she told the local newspaper.
‘We have a Christmas tree and I celebrateÂ with the children and light the menorah, too. It’s a really special traditionÂ this time of year.’
Her 35-year-old Brazilian-born husbandÂ disappeared on June 19.
The family’s legal battles includeÂ lawsuitsÂ with an uncle over profits from a company sale as well asÂ lawsuits against MrÂ Aguiar’s siblings and mother over the ownership ofÂ real estate inÂ Israel.
During theÂ couple’s often tumultuousÂ marriage, Mr Aguiar was committed to aÂ hospital for mental health-relatedÂ reasons, sued his wife for divorceÂ and later withdrew that petition.
He was on probation for domestic violenceÂ when he disappeared.
Mrs Aguiar last April sought a judge’sÂ opinion on whether their prenuptial agreement was fraudulent.
For now she is focusing on giving her kids aÂ good holiday season, andÂ keeping those blessings in mind, according to theÂ Sentinel.
‘I have to do that multiple times each day,Â when things aren’t looking so good. That’s how I get through the day,’ sheÂ said.
Last month, lawyers for Jamie Aguiar impliedÂ that they believe her husband may still be alive and well – and hiding out inÂ the Netherlands.
They are speculating that Mr Aguiar couldÂ have faked his own death to avoid losing his $100 million fortune.
An attorney for the man’s wife has toldÂ reporters that the missing man’s sister intends to move to the Netherlands,Â raising suspicion that she could be planning to rejoin her brother, who couldÂ have relocated to Europe.
Willliam Scherer, an attorney for JamieÂ Aguiar, toldÂ WPLG-TV that they believe Aguiar’sÂ sister, Angelika, plans to move to the Netherlands or could already be livingÂ there.
A close business associate of Aguiar alsoÂ resides in the Netherlands, the lawyer added.
The multi-millionaire had reportedly arguedÂ with his wife, when she is said to have threatened him with a divorce, hoursÂ before he disappeared.
A lawyer for Guma Aguiar’s mother Ellen saidÂ the wealthy philanthropist was in low spirits when he went out on his boat thatÂ fateful Tuesday in June, after receiving the blow from Jamie.
Mr Aguiar, a father of four, had filed forÂ divorce last July but did not go through with it.
The 35-year-old man had spoken with hisÂ mother, Ellen Aguiar, an hour before he got on to his 31-foot boat, the T.T.Â Zion, and sailed off on June 19.
In addition to battling with her son’s wifeÂ for control of his estimated $100 million fortune, Aguiar’s mother hopes thatÂ her son may still be alive.
In a petition filed to a Florida court toÂ seize his fortune, Ellen Aguiar stated that her son ‘may be in a delusionalÂ state or be suffering from psychosis or otherwise may haveÂ disappeared.’
His mother, Ellen Aguiar, alleged that herÂ son’s $100 million estate would be squandered by his wife.
His home in Fort Lauderdale is valued at $5Â million, he has seven cars valued at $1.1million, and a yacht that is valued atÂ $2.1million, according to Mrs Aguiar’s petition.
Source: The Daily Mail