|Published:||Jul 31, 2012 5:57 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 01, 2012 4:20 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla.- The city of Naples plans to take possession of 'Latitudes,' a boat docked there on June 7, with no owner in sight.
The mystery continues nearly 2 months after the $50,000 catamaran arrived at the Naples City Dock.
Harbor master Roger Jacobsen says the owner, 57-year-old Wayne Ball, is no where to be found.
WINK News talked to his ex-wife, Pam Ball, who says she's not surprised.
"My initial thought is he's just trying to hide out, because I've been trying to find him for the past year because we have a 13-year-old daughter together," she says. "It's typical of him, hiding out or not wanting to be found," she adds. The couple divorced in 2004.
Jacobsen says they've followed up on some leads, but still have not been able to track down Ball.
"We can trace the steps of Mr. Ball and his vessel from Ft. Lauderdale at the end of May to the Florida Keys in the early part of June, but who brought the vessel here and why it's still here remains a mystery," he says. "Was it Mr. Ball that brought the boat here, was it somebody else that brought the boat here? It's abandoned, but in a way that it was plugged in electric wise, it was tied off, so it was almost left in a state that we'll be back at some point."
But in the meantime, the boat has racked up about $3,000 in slip fees, which is money the city could be bringing in from a paying tenant.
And that's why the city is getting ready to take possession of the boat, and put it up for public auction.
"We're hoping for a happy ending to this story, but so far we're not getting an ending at all," he says. Police tape now surrounds the boat and there is a 'no trespassing' sign taped to the front of it. Jacobsen says with all the interest in the boat, they've seen some people on board and looking around.
He says, "Zoom Inc. is the corporation name that it's under and we would be able to turn it over to any corporation members. But according to our research, the president is Wayne Ball, the secretary is Wayne Ball and the treasurer is Wayne Ball. So we're still looking for one person..Wayne Ball."
The Naples Police Department is looking into the case, but so far a missing person's report has not been filed.
Wayne Ball did own a cabinet company in Naples, but the phone number was disconnected.