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Search for missing exec focuses on river

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Posted: Mar 9, 2010 10:15 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Mar 9, 2010 11:40 AM
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Topics: Douglas Schantz, missing, New Orleans, Bourbon Street, Mississippi River, search, WBRZ

Police searching for a missing Houston oil executive in New Orleans are now focusing on the Mississippi River, after tracing the man to a riverfront location after he left a Bourbon Street bar.

Searching through videos from businesses in the French Quarter, police were able to trace 54-year-old Douglas Schantz to the dock for the Riverboat Natchez.

Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Tuesday that Schantz, who left the Razzoo Bar and Patio about 2 a.m. Friday, was seen walking on a 2-foot walkway by the river.

Riley says the man, who had been drinking, seemed disoriented.

It does not seem that Schantz was the victim of foul play, which had earlier been suspected. "At no point in that 36 minutes was he ever approached or accompanied by any individual," Riley said.

He said the Coast Guard, police and private boats are searching the river.

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