Search For Missing Doctor Continues

MUNSTER, Ind. (CBS/WBBM) — The search continues for a missing 70-year-old northwest Indiana ophthalmologist, who disappeared 10 days ago.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, Dr. Promila Mehta-Paul, 70, was last seen on Monday of last week. Police news tell Newsradio 780 they have received 100 tips and her missing 2001 gold Toyota RAV 4 may hold the key to the case.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports

It might bear either an Indiana or California license plate.

Police are also sifting through computer equipment taken from Mehta-Paul’s home.

On Wednesday, CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole spoke with the doctor’s ex-husband, pediatrician Dr. Shashi Damon Paul.

“Basically it is very devastating for the whole family,” her ex-husband, Shashi Paul said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I’m hopeful no harm has come to her.”

Shashi Paul acknowledged that he and his ex-wife went through a messy multimillion dollar divorce for nearly two decades, including charges of physical abuse by him.

“As a father, I’m worried about my sons having to deal with the disappearance of their mother,” he said. “For the sake of the investigation, I will not reveal the nature of my cooperation with the police.”

Munster Police Chief Stephen Scheckel acknowledged that Mehta-Paul’s relationship with her ex-husband has been a part of the investigation. As for whether police have any suspects in her disappearance, Scheckel said police were “keeping all our options open.”

Earlier Wednesday, police searched a pond called Clay Hole Lake, and a, creek and golf course in Munster, about a two blocks away from Mehta-Paul’s home, to make sure they didn’t miss anything on their first probe of the rough terrain.

Mehta-Paul was last seen on March 21 by workers at her eye clinic in Highland, Ind.

On Tuesday, police released a new image showing Mehta-Paul making a deposit at a First Financial Bank branch in Highland, also on March 21. Her missing vehicle is in the background.

The following day, Mehta-Paul uncharacteristically failed to show up for appointments. She has not been seen since.

Mehta-Paul is of Indian descent with dark hair and dark eyes, standing 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 130 pounds.

Anyone with information about where Mehta-Paul is or anyone who may have seen her since March 21 is asked to call the Munster Police Department at (219) 836-6600 or the Highland Police Department at (219) 838-3181.

  • Martuska

    Money is the root of all evil! I believe this doctor was probably harmed not a stranger but by a close family member or even her ex. I certainly wouldn’t put anything pass him especially since he was abusive torwards her in the past . Also the son returned to Calif. shortly after his mother went missing. Something is fishy about this family and the police should focus their attention on them.

    • Tadpple

      Yes, the familey seems to be the most suspect. Especialy when she went missing the same time as the son returned to California. They surched her neighborhood and the parks etc nearby. I wonder if the searched around the prarie in highland. It is close by and there are ponds there as well.
      Also, if she had been nabbed comming home from work, returning through Highland, maybe that would be a likely place to put her. I think it is time they extended the surch area. I hope nothing bad has happened to her!!!

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