Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Police seek AGL exec who disappeared on Bourbon Street

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Police are searching the French Quarter in New Orleans and checking with businesses for surveillance videotapes of a Texas energy executive who disappeared after walking out of a Bourbon Street bar.
About 30 detectives are looking for 54-year-old Douglas Schantz, the top executive of an AGL Resources unit. He was last seen leaving the Razzoo Bar and Patio about 2 a.m. on March 5, where his exit was caught on video cameras.
Police say there has been no activity on his credit cards or cell phone.
Schantz is president of Houston-based Sequent Energy Management. He was in New Orleans to give Tulane University a $25,000 gift during a reception on March 4.
After the dinner, he was with colleagues on Bourbon Street for about two hours.
Mark Homestead, a senior vice president at Sequent, said Schantz did not have too much to drink and left the bar before the rest of the group.
He didn’t make his scheduled flight back to Houston, and hasn’t called or e-mailed colleagues or his family, company spokeswoman Tami Gerke said on March 8.
Houston police say he also never made it back to his hotel, which is within walking distance of where he was last seen on Bourbon Street.
Police say his credit cards and ATM card have not been used.
“We are deeply concerned about Doug, and personnel from AGL Resources have been working around the clock with law enforcement agencies to determine Doug’s whereabouts,” said John Somerhalder, president and chief executive of Atlanta-based AGL.
AGL employees and Schantz’s family have been circulating flyers in the New Orleans French Quarter.
Sequent manages pipeline capacity for AGL and for Georgia gas marketers.

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