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.