Search continues for missing Music Row attorney

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 1:01am

The search for missing Music Row attorney Bill Grothe continues nearly two weeks after he was reported missing by his wife to the Franklin Police Department.

At the request of the Metro Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management continues to conduct bank searches along the Cumberland River on a daily basis, although no search was performed Monday because of the weather.

Grothe was reported missing by his wife late in the evening on Nov. 19. In the days after his disappearance, some of the 62-year-old attorney’s belongings were found in a discarded grocery bag in front of a home in East Nashville.

The City Paper learned Monday that in the days after Grothe’s disappearance, his wallet, cap and jacket were found either in the park or along the riverbank. It was in the park that Grothe’s Honda Civic was found abandoned.

Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said that Grothe remained a missing person at this time.

“At this juncture as far as Metro Police Department is concerned he is a missing person,” Aaron said. “We don’t know at this point what the specific circumstances were surrounding his disappearance.

“We have not concluded that he actually went into the water but likewise have not ruled out that possibility,” he said.

Grothe was working as a consultant for SESAC on Music Row as part of a long career as an attorney in the music business.

Detective Hugh Coleman, the missing persons coordinator for Metro Police, is leading the investigation, according to Aaron.

OEM spokeswoman Amanda Sluss said the department would continue searching the river at the request of police on a daily basis until told otherwise.

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