Guy Rubin in One missing Tequesta teen’s family will sue the other for damages

Jorge Milian and Paige Fry Palm - Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH -- The family of Perry Cohen, one of the two Tequesta teenagers lost at sea in 2015, said Friday it will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the family of the other teen in state court.

The announcement, set to be made on the entrance to the Palm Beach County Courthouse, will come just days before the two-year anniversary of the boys’ disappearance.

“This lawsuit is about truth, accountability and justice,” said Guy Bennett Rubin, the attorney for the Cohen family.

"Perry’s family can not just move on, put this behind them or let it go,” Rubin said, adding that Pamela Cohen, Perry’s mother, “will not and cannot stop until she is confident justice has been done for Perry.”

The family of Austin Stephanos could not immediately be reached for comment.

A federal judge opened the door to a lawsuit on July 10 by lifting an injunction that kept the Cohens from suing Carly Black, Austin’s mother, in state court. Black owned the 19-foot boat her son Austin Stephanos was in when he left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24, 2015, with the Cohens’ son, Perry.