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    MI - Shankar Palaniappan, 26, Toledo, Oct 2005

    Missing Doctor Last Seen in Toledo

    Posted: October 10, 2005

    Toledo police are looking for an Ann Arbor doctor who went missing in the city over the weekend. The man was last seen at Gumbo's at the docks downtown early Sunday morning.

    Right now police don't have many clues. They say the disappearance of the 26-year-old looks suspicious. Family and friends say it's totally out of character for Shankar Palaniappan to ignore phone calls and not show up for work. That's why today they an issued an emotional plea for help.

    What started out as a night of fun at a Toledo hot spot has turned into a family's desperate search for a young doctor. Shankar Palaniappan came to Toledo Saturday night to meet some old college friends. Police say the young doctor and his friends arrived at Gumbo's/Sin Nightclub at the docks around 9 p.m. But at the end of the night, friends went in search of Palaniappan and they couldn't find him. Police are calling the case suspicious.

    Palaniappan's family flew from Indiana to Toledo this morning desperate for any information about their son. Family members say Shankar Palaniappan is a medical intern at St. Joe's Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. They say he's always in contact with them and they haven't heard from him since Saturday night.

    Police say surveillance video from Gumbo's shows Palaniappan leaving the club around 1 a.m. Mounted patrol and boat patrols have been searching this area all day. If you have any information call crimestopper at 419-255-1111.

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    Michigan Doctor Missing Since Saturday

    Oct 11, 2005

    TOLEDO-- It's been more than two days now, and still, there is no sign of 26-year-old Shankar Palaniappan. The medical intern from Michigan was last seen at Gumbo's at the Docks in east Toledo late Saturday.

    Toledo police say Palaniappan left the bar around 1 a.m., and he hasn't been heard from since. They say this is all very "suspicious," and from everything they've heard about this young man, for him to just disappear, out of the blue, is out of character for him.

    "My son is a very hard-working, sincere, dedicated young man," said Ramanathan Palaniappan. With tears in his eyes, he went on, "I hope he's okay, and if he's out there, please give us a call." It's every parent's worst fear, and Shankar's mother and father are extremely concerned something has happened to their only son.

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    He said the friend left Dr. Palaniappan at Gumbo's but told police the doctor never showed up to retrieve his car. Security cameras show Dr. Palaniappan leaving with another friend about 1:04 a.m.

    And this other friend has what to say about all this??

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    The Crime Stopper program is offering a $5,000 reward for information that will help Toledo police resolve the case of a missing Michigan doctor who was last seen early Sunday leaving a restaurant along the Maumee River in East Toledo.

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    No trace of doctor last seen in Toledo
    St. Joseph Mercy resident missing since Sunday

    Dr. Shankar Palaniappan was last seen leaving a Toledo bar at 1:04 a.m. Sunday. He was drinking alcohol with friends, police say. His image was tracked on security cameras.

    Police have learned little else about the first-year resident at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township since he was reported missing that night.

    Four days later, police say he hasn't used his cell phone or credit card. His car was left at a friend's home in Toledo.

    Police have searched the area surrounding Gumbo's Bayou Grill at The Docks restaurant complex where Palaniappan, 26, was last seen. The complex is about 70 yards from the Maumee River.

    Toledo Police Dept. Capt. Ron Spann said police have searched the river and the woods near the restaurant.

    "We've searched every place we know where to search,'' Spann said. "There is not much more we can do.''

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    Body Found in International Park; Possibly Missing Doctor

    Updated: October 15, 2005

    (Toledo, OH) --- Police found a body floating in the Maumee River Saturday morning near Gumbo's Restaurant at International Park, but authorities refused to confirm or deny that is was the body of a missing Ann Arbor, MI doctor.

    The body was found around 10 a.m., and was taken to the Lucas County Coroner's office for identification. A spokesperson says they hope to identify the body sometime on Saturday.

    Dr. Shankar Palaneeopin was last seen early Sunday morning, October 9, leaving Gumbo's Bar. Police say he started the night at a friend's house and later took a cab to Gumbo's in International Park. in east Toledo. After that, he separated from his friends. Police released this surveillance video this week showing Dr. Palaneeopin leaving the bar alone.

    Investigators, along with city refuse workers, combed the wood area around International Park, but did not find Dr. Palaneeopin.

    Throughout the week, his family made emotional appeals for his return.


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    Doctor's remains pulled out of river


    Parents identified the body of Dr. Shankar Palaniappan, 26, of Ann Arbor, a first-year resident at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Mich., said Diane Barnett, deputy Lucas County coroner. An autopsy is to be done this morning.

    The body was discovered just after 9 a.m. as Toledo's Frogtown Regatta crew races got under way. Police were called to the Maumee River just behind Gumbo's Bayou Grille restaurant, where Dr. Palaniappan's body was floating under a dock area.

    His wallet, with money and identification cards, were found on his body and there was no external evidence of foul play, Dr. Barnett said.


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    Aug 2005
    Since his wallet was on him, I wonder if he fell in. Maybe he was really intoxicated. So sad, he was just starting out....

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