Porter County Sheriff's Department Mounted Posse
volunteer Clara Zaideman searches the
Centennial Park Golf Course in search of Dr. Promila
Mehta-Paul in Munster on Wednesday.
Emergency responders search pond, golf
course in hunt for missing doctor
Nickeas nwi.com Wednesday, March 30, 2011
MUNSTER | Emergency responders Wednesday morning focused
their search for a missing Munster doctor in the area
around a pond near her home on Twin Creek Boulevard and
along the Centennial Park golf course.
Munster Police Chief Stephen Scheckel said his
department had no evidence to suggest Dr. Promila
Mehta-Paul would be in the area where officers,
firefighters and horse-mounted volunteers were
"It's just due diligence," he said.
Scheckel said officials haven't found any evidence and
that the family has cooperated with the ongoing
Horse-mounted volunteers from Porter County assisted
firefighters and police officers. A team of three
scoured a ridge at the south end of Centennial Golf
Course near a pond just before noon.
Across the pond, two others hacked through brush in
Scheckel said the area already was searched, but
officials were taking a more "methodical" approach to
Munster police Sgt. Steve Kovacik said the search was
completed early in the afternoon without any new leads
"We had horses and stuff available. We just wanted to
make sure we did a thorough search of the area," he
Mehta-Paul, 70, an ophthalmologist, was last seen making
a bank deposit in Highland on March 21 after leaving her
Highland practice at 8219 Kennedy Ave.
Police searched her home in the 9000 block of Twin Creek
Boulevard and that of a neighbor on Monday and Tuesday,
Munster police said.
Police said they conducted a second search late Monday
afternoon of the doctor's home and a home across the
street, which the doctor was watching for the
Police said investigators removed some items in hopes of
determining the doctor's whereabouts, but they did not
elaborate on the nature of the items.
Mehta-Paul was in the midst of a 15-year fight with
ex-husband Shashi Daman Paul when she disappeared,
according to federal court records.
Accusations of libel, perjury and fraud are contained
within the thousands of pages documents filed in the
Mehta-Paul accused her ex-husband and his lawyer of
funneling millions of dollars out of her pension in a
2003 bankruptcy-related filing.
She also wrote a three-page letter to Shashi Daman
Paul's attorney, accusing him of fraud.
Thomas Rucinski, attorney for her ex-husband, responded
by warning her that she could be sued for libel and
asked her to "govern yourself accordingly."
That case began in 1996 and was pending when she
Shashi Daman Paul said in a written statement to the
media he is concerned about the welfare of his ex-wife
and is "worried" about his sons having to deal with the
disappearance of their mother.
He also said he is cooperating with the investigation
but wouldn't give any details into what he was
questioned about, according to the statement.
Arthur Sanderman, Mehta-Paul's attorney in the ongoing
case, declined to comment Wednesday, except to confirm
he was her attorney. He would not say whether he
has been contacted by law enforcement about Mehta-Paul's
Detectives still are searching for Mehta-Paul's Toyota
Rav 4, which was seen in surveillance video from the
Mounted posse volunteer Donna Nay searches Centennial
Park Golf Course for
Dr. Promila Mehta-Paul on Wednesday.
Horse-mounted volunteers from Porter County, from left,
Donna Nay, Susan Baugher and Debbie Tarkane
search Centennial Park Golf Course on Wednesday in
search of Dr. Promila Mehta-Paul in Munster.
Mounted posse volunteers, from left, Donna Nay, Susan
Baugher and Debbie Tarkane search
Munster's Centennial Park Golf Course on Wednesday for
Dr. Promila Mehta-Paul.