Above Image: Gottschalk, circa 1997
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: February 2, 1997 from Mason, Ingham County, Michigan
Classification: Endangered Missing
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, curly
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar on left shoulder from
motorcycle accident. Scar on solar plexus.
Clothing: A black leather jacket.
Jewelry: A Watch with brown leather band.
Case Number: 97-2460
Details of Disappearance
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.
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.
Gottschalk was last seen at his Mason, Michigan residence 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.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Ingham County Sheriff Department