His Blood-Stained Boat Was Found. But He Wasn't Dead

Richard Ohrn faked his disappearance last March: cops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2016 8:57 AM CST
Updated Mar 1, 2016 10:00 AM CST
Fla. Banker Charged in 'Lost at Sea' Scheme
Richard Ohrn   (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

When police officers boarded a rented fishing boat adrift off Florida's Boynton Beach on March 31 of last year, they probably feared the worst. There was "what appeared to be smeared blood in various locations on the boat," which had been rented by banker Richard Ohrn, along with Ohrn's wallet, cellphone, and the keys to his truck, found parked at a marina 15 miles south in Deerfield Beach, investigators say. The Coast Guard spent $400,000 on aircraft expenses alone as it searched for the missing man, to no avail, reports the Sun Sentinel. But odd tidbits started to surface: A marine repair shop had recently repaired an outboard motor for Ohrn, who also purchased an inflatable boat, gas tank, and fuel line, police say. He was also facing a $400,000 lawsuit and accused of stealing money from clients, per the Palm Beach Post.

On April 12, Ohrn called police and admitted to "planning and carrying out his disappearance to escape legal issues," authorities say. After staging the accident scene on the fishing boat, Ohrn got back to shore in his inflatable boat, then hopped in a truck he'd bought weeks earlier to drive to Georgia and hide out in a rented house, police say. Following a grand jury indictment on Thursday, Ohrn, 45, now faces a felony charge of communicating false distress, which forced the Coast Guard to search 3,100 square miles of ocean. He remains in jail. "Whatever his punishment is, hopefully he learns his lesson and becomes a better person," Ohrn's mom told the Sun Sentinel last year. (This guy surfaced years after his "cremation.")

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