|By Terry Dickson, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
After the yacht Premium Time burned at
Guy said the searchers didn't find anyone and that sonar equipment could be used Wednesday afternoon to search the river near where the Premium Time burned.
Ferrier said she doesn't know if the remains are Trauger or, if not, his whereabouts.
"He was supposed to be in my office at
Until their divorce this summer, Trauger and Barnes had been married about 2 1/2 years, Ferrier said.
Their divorce was contrived as a way to get the boat into the legal possession of Barnes so that
Had not Trauger willingly signed the boat over to Barnes, there is no possible way under
"He had this boat custom built before he ever met Karen. I have the bill of sale. He paid
Barnes and Trauger had agreed to remain living together aboard the boat when it was still at
"He came back with flowers and wine in hand and all the locks are changed,'' all after she sent him a birthday card and as she was still using their credit card, Ferrier said.
Instead of living up to that agreement, Barnes took off with the boat, she said.
"He's just been devastated and distraught...He would do anything for this woman,'' Ferrier said.
In her own court filings, Barnes asserted that Trauger had been stalking her, had threatened her and that when he found the locks changed he tried to climb into the boat from the top. She called the police and there is a report.
Barnes had also filed a motion for the court to find Trauger in contempt for not paying alimony, but Ferrier said, "He didn't know where she was."
When they were still together, the Premium Time had been docked at
Ferrier said she is mystified by the entire episode especially after hearing scuttlebutt Monday of a murder-suicide and that police had found bullets and bodies aboard the Premium Time.
None of it sound like her client, who did well in the insurance business in
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