March 9th, 2010
04:13 PM ET

Louisiana police: Body of missing executive found

The body of a missing energy executive was pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tuesday, four days after he disappeared, a police spokesman said.

Police had said Tuesday morning they believed Douglas Schantz, president of Houston, Texas-based Sequent Energy Management, had fallen into the river. They recovered his body just hours later, according to New Orleans Police Department spokesman Gary Flot.

Schantz, 54, was last seen outside a Bourbon Street bar at 2:06 a.m. Friday, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Warren Riley told reporters Tuesday morning. No one had heard from him since then.

Several cameras captured a "disoriented" Schantz walking alone from a bar toward the Mississippi River, Riley said. Schantz had been drinking, Riley said, and was headed toward a boat at the wharf.

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  1. dana

    This is so sad. I live on the outskirts of Houston, Texas and to know that Equisearch was going to look for him we had good faith he would be found, I am just so sorry for his family that he was not found alive. It was good that they were able to follow his steps on the footage to know he didn't have a violent death. My prayers are with the family.

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