A missing Michigan doctor was discovered dead Tuesday, Dec. 27, after a dive team investigated a frozen pond near his house.
According to a Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Facebook post on Christmas Eve, Dr. Bolek Payan was last seen leaving the Henry Ford Allegiance Health facility in Jackson, Michigan, on Thursday, Dec. 22. His automobile was discovered at his residence, but he did not return to work or communicate with his friends or family.
Missing Person: Dr. Bolek Payan was last seen on 12/22/22 leaving Henry Ford Jackson Hospital. His vehicle was found…Posted by Blackman-Leoni Public Safety on Saturday, 24 December 2022
Payan was observed walking away from his house after police gained access to his password-protected CCTV system, officials said Tuesday. A search of the region, that included deployment of K-9 dogs and drones, produced no findings.
Payan was discovered by the Jackson County Dive Team after they dug holes in the surface of a frozen pond on his property to investigate the water. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy.
Detectives think Dr. Payan died before he was reported missing, given to the weather conditions on the day he left his apartment and the reality that he was in the sea, Blackman-Leoni Public Safety said.
Michigan was one of many states affected by a winter storm that delivered frigid temperatures, severe winds, and heavy rain.
According to his profile with Henry Ford Health, Payan was a doctor of osteopathic medicine with board accreditation from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Henry Ford Allegiance Health.