Boat belonging to missing banker also missing

Aubrey Lee Price, a South Georgia bank director accused last year of defrauding his bank and investment clients, allegedly planned to kill himself by leaping off a South Florida ferry boat. But Price — and the money — aren’t the only things that are missing.

The FBI said Wednesday that all vehicles and watercraft believed to belong to Price have been accounted for — except for a 17-foot Sea Ray fiberglass boat.

A bureau spokeswoman in New York said it is not known if Price used the boat to flee. But given all other vessels are accounted for, she said, it is “highly likely he used it and may still have it in his possession.”

Price has been indicted on federal charges claiming he defrauded Montgomery Bank & Trust in tiny Ailey, Ga., where he was a director, as well as more than 100 investors in his money management business.

MB&T failed in July, less than a month after Price disappeared. He said in a confession and suicide note that he hid investment losses from his clients and from other bank officials. Price had earlier led one investor group that pumped millions into the troubled bank in an effort to save it and make big profits.

Price allegedly planned to kill himself by jumping from a ferry, and he was last seen at a ferry terminal in Key West.

The investment adviser, known to associates by his middle name, is believed to routinely travel to Venezuela and Guatemala.

The FBI said Price’s missing boat has a hull identification number of SERR8672C404. Anyone who has seen the craft is asked to call the FBI in New York at 212-384-2100.

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