Madhuri Gadwal has spent the past three weeks in a sort of suspended animation. Her father, Siva Kumar Singh-Gadwal, traveled halfway around the world with his wife last fall to see their first grandchild.
Madhuri Gadwal has spent the past three weeks in a sort of suspended animation.
Her father, Siva Kumar Singh-Gadwal, traveled halfway around the world with his wife last fall to see their first grandchild.
The visit, his first to the United States, was pleasant, and his days passed uneventfully.
On the afternoon of Dec. 11, he walked out of his daughter’s Dublin apartment, saying he would be back soon. And that was the last his family saw of him.
Three weeks later, the disappearance of Singh-Gadwal confounds them and Dublin police.
“We searched by air, and then we searched with (dogs), we searched nearby bodies of water,” said Megan Canavan, public-information officer for the city.
Nothing found so far suggests that Singh-Gadwal met with foul play, but police likewise can’t say whether his disappearance is the result of an accident or planning on his part.
“It would be speculation right now,” Canavan said.
Singh-Gadwal and his wife arrived from India in early October.
The couple stayed with Gadwal, their only child, and her husband at their apartment on Perimeter Lakes Drive, in a complex near Rt. 33 and Avery-Muirfield Road. Gadwal’s daughter was born two months ago.
Singh-Gadwal enjoyed walking and often left the apartment by himself for strolls around the neighborhood and to the nearby shopping plazas and supermarkets, Gadwal said.
It was about 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 11 when he said he was taking a short walk. He left his identification and credit cards behind, although Gadwal said it was not unusual for her father to carry several hundred dollars in cash. He did not take a phone with him, did not have access to a car and wasn’t familiar with public transportation, she said.
Dublin police were called later that night by Gadwal’s husband, Satyajit Chauhan, after he checked the area for his father-in-law and came up empty.
Gadwal said her father takes medication for high blood pressure and sinus problems, but was otherwise healthy. He had no mental-health issues and did not act differently before his disappearance, she said.
Police checked area hospitals, hotels and ponds for Singh-Gadwal, who Gadwal said cannot swim. The family alerted the local Indian community and papered the area with fliers.
“We have searched in temples, even churches,” Gadwal said.
She said the family trusts Dublin police.
“Whatever they can do, I think they have done it,” she said.
Her father speaks English and is good-natured, she said.
“He is very wise. He can easily mingle with other people.”
She can only guess at what happened, but as time passes and the weather grows colder, the scenarios playing out in her head have grown more ominous.
“It is so long for a person who is new to the country,” she said.
Her mother might return to India in March, but Gadwal said no one in the family knows exactly how to move forward.
“Basically, life has stopped,” she said. “Days are just passing by.”
Singh-Gadwal is 56 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and a beard. He was wearing a black turban, black sweater, dark navy pants and white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Dublin police at 614-889-1112.