The Doe Network:
Case File 1824DMMI


Franklin Thomas Gottschalk
Missing since February 2, 1997 from Mason, Ingham County, Michigan
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Gottschalk was last seen at his residence in Mason, Michigan on February 2, 1997.

He had been an English major at Michigan State University and was within three credits of graduating, but he did not register for classes for the spring semester of 1997. On February 2 he drove off in his brother's car, without permission, and has never been heard from again.

Gottschalk's brother's vehicle was found in a parking lot at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Cedar Street in Lansing, Michigan. There was no sign of Gottschalk at the scene, but cyclists found two bags belonging to him on the Shiawassee Street bridge. Divers searched the water beneath the bridge but found no clues relating to Gottschalk's case.

There was nothing missing from the bags except Gottschalk's black leather jacket, his Detroit Lions coat, his wallet, and a watch his mother had given him. The Detroit Lions coat was later found in a cornfield in the Mason area. 

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Ingham County Sheriff Dept.

Agency Case Number: 97-2460

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
North American Missing Persons Network
The State News - 2/12/98
Poetic Justice

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