Houston Energy Exec Disappears in New Orleans
Police consider foul play a possibility
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2010 1:12 PM CST
Crowds begin to fill Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans in this, Feb. 4, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a Houston energy executive in New Orleans, though they admit they have little to go on. Douglas Schantz, president of Sequent Energy Management, was last seen in a bar on Bourbon Street around 2am on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. He casually left the group of friends he was with and hasn’t been heard from since. He missed his return flight to Houston.

Because his credit cards, ATM cards, and phone haven’t been used, police fear the worst. They’ve been poring over security camera footage, but so far have found only one shot of Schantz, walking alone down Bourbon Street. Three calls to the tip line didn’t pan out. “We have been using a tremendous amount of resources,” said one New Orleans police official. “As of this morning, we have met negative results.”

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Mar 8, 2010 8:35 PM CST
strange story - almost certainly fowl play - he was supposed to met his college daughter for a flight this morning and was last seen 2am on Bourbon street - there are hundreds of people on Bourbon street.He just disappeared. Hope there's a happy ending. His family and co-workers are here handing out fliers - the FBI and EqquuSearch are already involved. http://www.nola.com/crime/inde...
Mar 8, 2010 8:04 PM CST
Maybe he decided to chuck it all and disappear. It's been known to happen from time to time in NOLA.
Mar 8, 2010 8:02 PM CST
Money makes the world go 'round.