Oh, how sad. Can't imagine why he would be going there at this time of night. The boat and landing would be clearly closed. The landing for the boat is quite large, marked off, etc. The board does tours for hundreds of tourists all day and into the evening so given his frequency of visiting the city, he would have had plenty of opportunity to see the boat and the river. The view of the river would have been no better than from one of the benches on the river walk on top of the levee. Trying to see a spin on this that is less heart-breaking than suicide, maybe he wanted to sit on a deck chair and just watch the river traffic and listen to the water lap the side of the boat. I think the crew puts those chairs up at the end of the day..or at least stacks them but clearly he would have been tresspassing and would have known that....maybe he wasn't thinking clearly. The river is notorius for its undertow, particularly in mooring situations like this. Heartbreaking.
Last edited by justathought; 03-09-2010 at 12:33 PM.
Yeah, Justathought, I'm trying to think of other things besides suicide too.
But, you know when someone has had too much to drink, they do not always make the best choices. IMO if he was so drunk that you could tell on the video that he is disoriented, he must have been stumbling. KWIM
So, maybe he just made a bad choice and fell in.
Or, maybe he meant to do it.
IDK - we may never know.
Last edited by Kimberlyd125; 03-09-2010 at 12:36 PM. Reason: spelling
Sorry hadn't seen the river article.
The latest news is so sad....his poor family - trying to make sense of this.
Prayers that Douglas is found today.
But, the latest article said he appeared to be disoriented.
I don't know.
Maybe he didn't have a whole lot to drink. Maybe somebody put something in his drink. But why? Looks like he himself fell or jumped into the river.
Looks like no foul play. What would be the reason for someone to spike his drink?
It really has me doing this---.
As you can see from the photos, the boat is quite large. Over the years, I've been to and hosted several parties on it. Once was even in a "Members Only" jacket commercial with the Gatlin Brothers on it. Honestly, even in my wilder days, I wouldn't have thought to try to approach it at night after closure. I would have assumed a security guard, a crew member or two on board and definitely video cameras to deter that sort of activity. However, it appears he disappeared off the loading plank/dock. The LE remark about him appearing disoriented is troubling. One thing I learned as I got older, my body would not always react to a defined amount of alcohol the same way so I stopped drinking at all for many years and now only rarely..... So as others have said, we may never know. I am sorry for he and his family.
I agree, having been to NO many times, I can see WANTING to sit quietly on the boat at night and watching the river, but I certainly could never imagine anything that would make me actually TRY to get onto the boat. It would most certainly require jumping a gate or two and probably also climbing over a deck rail to actually get onto the lower deck from the loading dock.
How sad for him and his family. I can't imagine what he was doing down there so late at night. I hope they find him soon.
Here we have a super successful corporate exacutive who gets drunk (most likely) and then just walks like a zombie to a restricted area and start walking a plank to a river boat?
Unless there is some scandal that is not yet public, why would this guy take his own life? And if it was not intentional, what could make a successful guy so irrational as to make that trip to the boat?
Body found near river boat may be that of Douglas Schantz
By Times-Picayune Staff
March 09, 2010, 10:01AM
A Times-Picayune reporter at the scene says that a body found under the dock near the Natchez river boat appears to be that of missing Houston businessman Douglas Schantz.
fox8liveNOPD: Missing Houston man fell in river; unidentified body found
yeah the headline says it too at fox8live
It's 5 o'clock somewhere
foxnewsDEVELOPING: Fox News affiliates in Houston and New Orleans are reporting that a body has been found in the Mississippi River. Police are not confirming whether it is the body of missing executive Douglas Schantz. The body is described as a white man dressed in a suit, Fox8live.com in New Orleans reports.
its breaking at foxnews now....
Last edited by tk71texas; 03-09-2010 at 02:32 PM.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere
Just catching up on this, but it's not out-of-the-realm that this guy was, indeed, drugged at Razzoos. It's a busy club, but also a great place to prey on unsuspecting and/or drunk tourists.
And hello to all of our NOLA people! I used to live in the Irish Channel.
Texas Equuasearch found him.....
The family of energy executive Douglas Schantz, who disappeared in New Orleans on Friday, are fearing the worst after a body was found today in the Mississippi River.
Schantz's 25-year-old son Michael Schantz has seen one of several videos that caught his father walking towards the Natchez.
Michael Schantz said that one video showed his father "stumbling" and "grasping for a wall" as he made his way to the dock.
"[In the video] he walks down near the water and there is a gate that he opens," the son said. "I'm sure he just wanted to go reflect or look at the boat."
"There is only one way for him to come back and the tape never shows him coming back," he said.
But police said today that surveillence tape from Bourbon Street cameras showed Schantz wandering down to the river, spurring a search of the Mississippi River.
Michael Schantz said that his father had been traveling to Brazil before his trip to Louisiana, and was fighting off a cold as well as being extremely "sleep-deprived." He worried that a combination of over-the-counter cold medicine and alcohol may have lead his father to do something dangerous.
"He thinks he's invincible and that nothing is going to hurt him," Michael Schantz said of his father. "He is just fearless."
Michael Schantz says he feared that his father's attraction to the river may have cost him his life.
"My dad loved the water and he was just such a busy guy with work that every time he had a moment to reflect by himself he wanted to be by the water," he said. "He loves any chance he gets to be in or by the water."'
more here-- 2 page article