North American Missing Persons Network
Franklin Thomas Gottschalk

Above Image: Gottschalk, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 2, 1997 from Mason, Ingham County, Michigan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown, curly
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • 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 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.

    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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Ingham County Sheriff Department

    Source Information
    Michigan Does