TEQUESTA — As rescuers try to locate two Tequesta teenagers who disappeared while fishing Friday, Gossip Extra has discovered that one of the two 14-year-old boys who went to sea without adult supervision is from a famous, at times infamous, local family.
Austin Stephanos, whose 19-foot center console motorboat was found capsized in the Atlantic off Cape Canaveral without any sign of him or pal Perry Cohen, is the great-grandson of Otto Divosta, founder of DiVosta Homes.
Since Otto came up with an assembly line way to build homes in the 1970s, the company developed thousands of acres throughout Florida into suburban cookie-cutter neighborhoods.
The boy is related to the Divostas through his father, William “Blu” Stephanos, and grandmother, socialite Diane Divosta.
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A source close to the family is telling us the Divostas are devastated but are staying out of the news because of the criminal background of the boy’s grandfather, Glenn Stephanos.
Glenn, 58, and his brother George were among suspects who, in 2008, pleaded guilty to a federal charges of running an illegal steroid distribution business through their now-shuttered Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center in Jupiter.
Many pro athletes who are now retired were clients, including ex-New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback coach Wade Wilson, ex-Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd and former Tampa Rays outfielder Jose Guillen, retired third baseman Matt Williams and pitcher Ismael Valdez.
Glenn pleaded guilty to felony sale of a controlled substance but avoided jail by ratting out other defendants.
He was sentenced to five years probation and $350,000 in fines.
Glenn Stephanos was married to Diana Divosta, the boy’s grandma, but they were divorced after nearly 40 years of marriage in 2013.
Their son Blu is the missing boy’s dad. He and Austin’s mom, Carly Black, have been divorced since 2006, according to records. The case was re-opened two years ago over a child-support dispute.
Blu, meanwhile, is the family’s connection to legendary New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath.
Namath made the disappearances a national story today by offering $100,000 for information leading to the discovery of the kids.
But while Namath told the press he cares because Perry Cohen’s folks are his neighbors, he didn’t mention the fact daughter Jessica Namath was named “the other woman” in Blu’s divorce in 2006.
Jessica was alleged to be the galpal on whom Stephanos spent money considered to be marital assets, according to divorce papers.
Blu and Jessica were briefly engaged but never married.