New Search: Doug Schantz, New Orleans, March 5, 2010

Place holder for training of search teams, March 6, Saturday. (12:00 PM noon, Saturday, March 6)

One of Texas EquuSearch's directors was contacted Saturday morning by a close friend of the Schantz family for advice and assistance to located their loved one. TES volunteers, including search coordinator Ken Defoor are on standby awaiting permission to mobilize into New Orleans. Permission was granted after 12:00 AM midnight Sunday night/Monday morning, March 8.

March 8, 2010, and early morning March 9

      Texas EquuSearch (TES) of Dickinson coordinators mobilized at 12:00 PM noon from Houston; arrived New Orleans (8:00PM, Monday) to scout area and plan the River sonar search and to plan land search from temporary command center (2:00AM Tuesday). Silvetti Marine of Lafayette supplied geophysical survey vessel R/V J. David and three (3) marine crew which was launched from Lake Pontchartrain at 4:00AM Tuesday morning and traveled through the locks and under railroad bridges to arrive in the River. Many thanks to the qualified survey crew from Lafayette, La:

Kim Voorhies, Snr.,     Gerald Douthit and     Leigh Carrier.

Command center and search plans were modified and the land search cancelled after the loved one was discovered on private video near a wharf on the River. Late Monday night a decision was made that additional specialized underwater sonar gear was required due to the low clearance and shallow water under the wharf which is now the primary search area; this equipment was hand-carried from Houston to New Orleans by TES veteran volunteers:

 Jan and Alvin Tipps.

River water temperature is 41 - 44 deg. The River height is 10 ft 4 in, down from 10 ft 6 in on Friday; strong up-steam eddy currents prevail along the steamboat Natchez wharf; water depth along wharf is about 14 ft.

March 9, 2010


03/10/10 — The funeral for Douglas Schantz will be held Saturday, March 13, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. — St. Peter’s Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Boulevard, Katy, Texas 77450. Please continue to keep Douglas’ family and friends in your prayers.

03/09/10 — We are very sad to report that what appears to be the body of Douglas Schantz was recovered this morning (pending positive identification from the coroner’s office). Mr. Schantz’ body was located and recovered by Tim Miller and Ralph Baird of Texas EquuSearch, utilizing our side scan sonar. Steamboat First Mate Steve Nicoulin was instrumental in planning and operations. Charles Lardner and Robert Mitchell assisted. Please keep the Schantz family, along with all of their friends and loved ones, in your prayers during their time of grief.

03/08/10 — Texas EquuSearch has a team traveling to New Orleans today to begin our search for Douglas Schantz. We will be assisting the New Orleans Police Department in their efforts. Updates will be posted as they become available. Please keep Douglas, his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. Plans are to search the active River and to establish a local command center to register and coordinate search volunteers.

03/06/10 — Douglas Schantz, age 54, was last seen on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 2:00 a.m. in the 500 block of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA. Douglas was last seen wearing a navy blue blazer, white collar shirt with an unknown color tie. Please call the New Orleans, LA Police Department at (504) 821-2222  if you have any information.