Police forces in Florida pulled a body from a canal in West Palm Beach on Friday, not far from where wealthy Jewish businessman Guma Aguiar went missing two days ago, local media reported.
According to a report on WPBF-TV, a passerby discovered the body in the canal on Friday morning local time, and police deputies said the body was found fully clothed and partially submerged in the water. Divers were called to retrieve the body.
The body has not yet been identified and it is not known whether it is the body of the missing Brazilian-born energy industrialist. On Wednesday, Aguiar’s overturned motorboat washed ashore at Fort Lauderdale without its owner aboard.
Aguiar’s strategic adviser and spokesman, Lior Horev, told the website of the Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot that he believes the body is not that of Aguiar. Sources at the Hapoel Jerusalem, which is partially owned by Aguiar, who were in touch with his family, told Yediot Acharonot that the police told Aguiar’s wife that the body found is not that of her husband.
The Coast Guard launched a search for Aguiar on Wednesday after being alerted by his wife when he failed to return by nightfall.
Aguiar is a widely-respected philanthropist who has donated to numerous Torah institutions and yeshivas in Israel. In addition, he owns several businesses in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron), including one for the production of organic agricultural products. He splits his time between living in the United States and Israel.
Rabbi Moishe Lipszyc of the Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale was "devastated" Wednesday by the news of the disappearance of Aguiar, who attends his synagogue. Other associates have expressed concern for him as well.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)