Case Information

Missing
Franklin
Thomas
Gottschalk
February 02, 1997 13:08
01/06/2011
25 to 25 years old
Unknown DOB
White
Male
64.0
150.0 to 155.0

Circumstances

Mason
Michigan
Ingham
Gottschalk was last seen at his residence in Mason. 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. The vehicle was found in a parking lot at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Cedar Street in Lansing. 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.

Physical

Brown
Naturally curly hair.
Brown
Brown


Scar on left shoulder from motorcycle accident.

Scar on solar plexus

Medical

Clothing and Accessories


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.
Watch with brown leather band.

Transportation Methods

Oldsmobile
Toronado Trofeo
1977
Coupe
Black and Red
Passenger automobile (regular plates)
MXT164
Michigan
On February 2 he drove off in his brother's car, without permission, and has never been heard from again. The vehicle was found in a parking lot at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Cedar Street in Lansing.

Dental

Dental information / charting is available and will be entered later

DNA

Guidelines for Collection of DNA
Initial inquiry underway

Fingerprint Information

Fingerprint information is currently not available

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Investigating Agency

Ingham County
Debbie
O'Neil
517-676-2431
97-2460
February 11, 1997
County
Ingham County Sheriff Dept.
630 North Cedar St.
Mason
Michigan
48854
Not entered in NCIC as of 1/11

Reports

Contacts

Case Manager

Sarah
Krebs
313-215-0675

Regional Administrator

Lori
Bruski
Lori.Bruski@unthsc.edu
817-718-7904