Mother of Perry Cohen files wrongful-death suit

Mother of Perry Cohen files wrongful-death suit

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The mother of Perry Cohen is filing a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Her son and Austin Stephanos disappeared at sea July 24, 2015. They were last seen leaving the Jupiter Inlet.

At a Friday morning news conference, Cohen's attorney said he has filed a lawsuit against those who contributed to Perry's disappearance and presumed death.

Listed in the lawsuit are Carly Black, Richard Black, Jr., William Stephanos and Richard Kuntz.

"This lawsuit is about truth, accountability, and justice," attorney Guy Rubin said.

He said because the State Attorney declined to pursue a criminal case, a civil action is Pamela Cohen's only course.

He said if a jury were to award damages it would be donated to charity.

Rubin and Cohen declined to answer questions from reporters following the news conference.

The attorney for William Stephanos issued the following statement:

"It's very disappointing to hear what was said in particular to Blu Stephanos because Mr Stephanos number one lost his child, number two he was not the owner of the boat, number three  he did not even know the boys were going out fishing, because Carly and Blu were separated and they were not with Blu during the time they decided to go fishing. Austin was not in his custody and control at the time. He found out later in the afternoon He went fishing with Perry."

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