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    MI - Franklin Gottschalk, 25, Mason, 2 Feb 1997

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




    Vital Statistics
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 25 years old
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair.





    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. His case remains unsolved.




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    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Eloy Police Department
    520-466-7324

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1824dmmi.html
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    MSU English senior Frank Gottschalk disappeared 10 years ago today.



    The 25-year-old took his brother's car without permission and left his Mason home for good that cold February night.

    Whether he wanted his trip to be permanent is still under investigation by the Ingham County Sheriff's Department.

    "There was no evidence of foul play, but I wasn't investigating the case," Ingham County Sheriff's Department Det. Billy Mitchell said.

    The detectives who worked on the case have all since retired, he said.

    The only clues the department disclosed following the 1997 disappearance include Gottschalk's brother's abandoned vehicle, which was found at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Cedar Street in Lansing, along with two of Gottschalk's bags filled with his belongings on the Shiawassee Street bridge, also in Lansing.

    Gottschalk's wallet, black leather jacket, watch and Detroit Lions coat were missing from the bags, Gottschalk's mother, Adeline, told The State News in 1997.

    "This is totally out of his realm," she said then. "We were very close and he always calls. It was my birthday on March 5, and he didn't call."

    This case follows a trend of missing or drowned college-age men throughout the Midwest in the past 10 years.

    Gottschalk's parents could not be reached for comment.

    A high school classmate told police he spotted Gottschalk at a submarine shop on Okemos Road on Feb. 22, 1997. The only other lead came in Feb. 10, 2004, when Gottschalk's father called the department with some news, Mitchell said.

    "He had gotten a call from Capitol One Visa advising him that Franklin had applied for a credit card and used the dad's name as a reference," he said. "We received a response from Capitol One's security people on Feb. 12 stating they had looked into the application and found no sign of a Franklin Gottschalk." Police combed the Grand River that flows under the bridge where they found Gottschalk's belongings following his disappearance, but came up empty-handed.

    http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=39585

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    The fact that he didn't register for the spring semester makes it sound like a possible suicide.

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    Featured on Livingston County's new cold case Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/64693680205...964946/?type=1



    NamUs: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/9159

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