NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (FOX 13) - A day on the water made life a little bit easier for Ray Lissow Jr., a quadriplegic born with cerebral palsy.
"He had the biggest smile on his face because you love the boat, don't you Ray?" asked his father, Ray Sr.
He and his wife, Fran spent a decade and thousands of dollars outfitting their 47-foot yacht for their son's special needs.
"It had an elevator for our son to go up and drive in the wheelchair at the flybridge of the boat, special doorways, special bedding installed, special toilet and shower for him," Lissow said.
But in the early morning hours of October 4, 2018, years of work and immeasurable joy was gone.
"A flash of light awoke us, and our house was lit up," Lissow said. "We looked out our front window and the boat was totally engulfed in flames."
The fire eventually sank the boat and the next day it was raised. It took months of investigating, but Pasco County sheriff's deputies named Joshua Stewart as the suspected arsonist.
They put out a warrant for his arrest Wednesday.
Stewart was a lawyer in New Port Richey until he was disbarred in December 2017 after being suspended by the Florida Bar for an unrelated felony charge.
Though Lissow says he never knew Stewart, he wasn't surprised; Stewart pleaded guilty to stealing Lissow's yacht's motor back in 2012. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says a possible feud has been ongoing since.
"They have been feuding, possibly through social media," said Kevin Doll with PCSO.
The only problem now is, deputies think the former lawyer could be in Costa Rica.
"We don't know if he will come back into the country, but we're continuing our efforts to bring this individual to justice for the arson on this very expensive boat," Doll said.
Expensive, but for Lissow, the cut goes deeper than the finances.
"He's hurt our family more than anything," Lissow said.