Deepening the mystery of missing millionaire Guma Aguiar's disappearance, experts examining newly released GPS data from Aguiar's boat say it could suggest a scenario in which he jumped ship and boarded a waiting boat mid-sea.
"The pattern is very identifiable. It just sort of fits as a scenario," boat expert Henry Pickersgill told ABCNews.com. "There appears to be a pattern in the vessel's track, speed, longitude and latitude to indicate that it may have stopped briefly for enough time for Mr. Aguiar to have transferred to another vessel."
Pickersgill is an independent marine surveyor based in Brooksville, Fla. He has been in the boat and yacht industry for over 40 years.
Guma Aguiar, 35, was last seen June 19 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Early the next morning, his 31-foot fishing boat, the T.T. Zion, washed up on a Fort Lauderdale beach with the engine running and lights on, but with no sign of its Brazilian-born owner.
Police are investigating his disappearance as a missing person case. While some have suggested that the financially and mentally troubled millionaire may have committed suicide, no body has been found. There have also not been any reported sightings of Aguiar.
The 37-page GPS analysis report was released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday. A series of maps show Aguiar's route from the night of his disappearance, including the speed at which he was traveling at all points.
A witness told police the boat was traveling very fast "wave jumping" at some points.
The GPS data starts at 7:29 p.m., once Aguiar had already departed from the inlet near his home. The data shows that the boat traveled northeast until it was about four miles from shore, made an unusual triangle and then drifted slowly back to shore. CONTINUE...