Two years after Florida newlywed Isabella Hellmann vanished at sea while honeymooning in the Bahamas with husband Lewis Bennett, a judge has declared Hellmann dead.

PALM BEACH GARDENS — A judge has made official what most presumed almost from the minute Isabella Hellmann was reported overboard at sea two years ago: He has declared her dead.

The action turns over the suburban Delray Beach real estate broker's modest estate to someone who isn't yet old enough to appreciate it: her toddler daughter. And for her husband to go to prison in connection with her death.

In a series of orders, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Scott Suskauer wrote that Hellmann "is presumed to have died on May 14, 2017."

It was late that night that the 41-year-old reportedly went overboard from the catamaran owned by Lewis Bennett, her husband of three months, while the two sailed on a belated honeymoon cruise. Bennett would tell investigators he was asleep when he heard the boat strike something and came topside to find his wife gone.

Bennett was rescued. A four-day search found no trace of the woman.

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Bennett later was charged with murder. In a November deal with federal prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The dual British-Australian citizen, who turned 42 in April, would serve either seven or eight years in prison, followed by immediate deportation.

In January, U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno halted Bennett’s February sentencing hearing in Miami and reset it for May 28, saying he wouldn’t act until the estate was settled and Hellmann’s family is able to visit in person with Emelia, who turns 3 in July.

In Suskauer's motions, the Palm Beach County judge noted Hellmann died without a will, Bennett has renounced all claims to her estate and a court in the United Kingdom declared Bennett's parents as the toddler's representatives.

The court filings include a completed death certificate.

The judge also authorized the FBI, which has had the keys to Hellmann's condominium, to turn them over to Edward Downey, a Palm Beach Gardens lawyer for Bennett’s parents, so the property can be sold.

And he authorized Downey to send Emelia's trust account $18,000.

Property records show Hellmann’s suburban Delray Beach condo is valued at $130,000. The bank accounts total $41,117, and Hellmann owed credit card companies $8,524.

At a court hearing May 3 in Palm Beach Gardens, Downey told Suskauer his legal fees are up to about $33,000 but he would accept just $20,000. Emelia gets the $18,000, Downey gets $20,000 and the remainder goes to administer the estate. Whatever is left would go to creditors.

Emelia also would get whatever is gained by the sale of condominium.

"It's just a matter of now making sure the assets get liquidated," Downey said Tuesday. "It should be administratively easy, going forward, for Emelia."

Bennett's May 28 sentencing remains is in question. Moreno, the federal judge, had wanted Hellmann’s condominium sold by then, but Downey has said he would not put it on the market until after a death declaration.

And federal public defenders wrote the federal judge on April 17 to say the planned visit by Hellmann’s family to Scotland, to see Emelia, is delayed by visa and scheduling issues until June 6 at the earliest.

The girl has been living with Bennett’s parents, first in England and then in Scotland, since Bennett picked her up from his in-laws in Boca Raton days after the search for Hellmann was called off. Since then, Hellmann’s family has seen her only via the internet.

Mitchell Kitroser, the North Palm Beach lawyer representing Hellmann’s family,  did not immediately return calls Tuesday morning seeking comment.