The wife of a prominent Florida radiation oncologist who disappeared from his boat Aug. 10 filed for divorce the day he disappeared, county records show.
Dr Chaundre Cross, 49, was last seen on August 10 leaving the Bay of Naples Resort and Marina alone on his 33-foot Sea Ray boat, the “Vitamin Sea,” according to a tweet Friday from the US Coast Guard Southeast.
That same day, his wife, SarahJo Cross, filed for divorce in Collier County.
The USCG located and recovered Cross’s boat off Sanibel Island on August 11 with no sign of the missing doctor.
In the days after the USCG Southeast located the boat 16 miles south of Sanibel Island, crews covered an area of approximately 13,100 square miles in 100 hours before suspending their search.
“It is always a difficult decision to put a search and rescue case on hold,” Capt. Michael Kahle, Saint Petersburg sector commander, said in a statement on Sunday. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Dr Cross during this difficult time.”
In a statement posted on Facebook Monday, Kathy Cady, Cross’ mother-in-law and a Naples-based nurse, thanked the U.S. Coast Guard and Collier County Law Enforcement, as well as “friends of Cross and the citizens of Naples who generously donated their time and boats to his search.
“During this time of mourning, please offer supportive prayers and respectful privacy for our family,” she wrote. “Although we now have a void, it will be filled with love, positivity, hope, patience, prayer and comfort through the grace of God. Chaundre’s three children and their mother, father, his mother-in-law, brothers and their wives, sister, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins and long-time close friends thank you for all that has been done in the rescue efforts by Chaundre K. Cross, MARYLAND”
Cross is described as 5ft 11in, weighing 150lbs, with a bald head and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt and black pants.
Cross serves as chair of the board of the Cancer Alliance of Naples and previously served on the board of directors of Collier County PLAN and the American Cancer Society of Naples. He graduated from Northwestern University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, according to his biography on GenisisCare.com.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about his disappearance to contact CCSO at 239-252-9300.
New York Post