April 18, 2001 (BOCA RATON, Fla.) – The employer of a man whose vanishing act raised fears of a kidnapping announced today that he will donate $5,000 to the Boca Raton Police Dept. as a gesture of thanks for work on what turned out to be a wild goose chase.
Officer Jeff Kelly, the department spokesman, said that Granvil Tracy, owner of American Land Housing Group, plans to make similar contributions to the other agencies involved in the search for James Cuddy. Cuddy called his family from California last weekend after apparently driving across the country.
The money given the Boca Raton department will be used for the Police Athletic League and similar community programs, Kelly said, and the department will make no claims of reimbursement for the investigation.
Cuddy called his office more than two weeks ago and said he had broken down on I-95 in Boca Raton and two men had pulled over to help him out. When he was reported missing, a detective was assigned to the case and witnesses interviewed.
Cuddy’s family and friends launched a more extensive effort, distributing flyers, offering a large reward and convincing the television show “America’s Most Wanted” to broadcast a report on the missing man.