Investigators who have been searching for a prominent Florida radiation oncologist who never returned from a boating trip are reporting that the doctor went missing the same day his wife filed for divorce.
49-year-old Dr. Chaundre Cross was last seen on August 10th leaving the Naples Bay Resort & Marina. Authorities say he was on his 33-foot Sea Ray boat, the “Vitamin Sea,” by himself.
The boat was found off of Sanibel Island the following day by the U.S Coast Guard, however, Dr. Cross was not on it.
As of earlier this week, the coast guard called off the search for Dr. Cross.
“It is always a difficult decision to suspend a search and rescue case,” Capt. Michael Kahle, commander of Sector St. Petersburg, said Sunday in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Dr. Cross during this difficult time.”
The family thanked the coast guards and the community for assisting in the search for Dr. Cross and asked for Privacy:
“During this time of grief, please offer prayers of support and respectful privacy for our family,” Dr. Cross’ stepmother wrote. “Although we now have a void, it will be filled with love, positivity, hope, patience, prayer, and through the Grace of God comfort. Chaundre’s three children and their mother, his father, stepmother, brothers and their wives, sister, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and long-time close friends thank you for all that was done in the rescue efforts for Chaundre K. Cross, M.D.”
Cross is described as 5-foot-11, weighing 150 pounds, with a bald head and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt and black pants.
Cross was said to have been the president of the Board of the Cancer Alliance of Naples. He was also previously a member of the Board for Collier County P.L.A.N. and on the board for the American Cancer Society of Naples.
If you have any information about his disappearance you are asked to contact CCSO at 239-252-9300.