Missing Medical College of Georgia Hospital doctor returns

John Janik

A Medical College of Georgia Hospital doctor reported missing earlier this week has been found and is safe.


According to Lt. Tim Thornton, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, Dr. John Janik was found Wednesday afternoon by Georgia Health Sciences University Police.

Janik, 61, the director of the Immune Therapy Clinical Trial Program, left his North Augusta home around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday but never showed up for a 7 a.m. meeting at the hospital. His wife called North Augusta police, who asked the public for help in finding him.

GHSU Police Chief Bill McBride said his agency had been working to find Janik since Tuesday when they found the doctor’s purple 1995 Camaro convertible in a University Hospital parking deck around 3 p.m. He said there were no signs of a break-in and Janik’s cellphone and other belongings were visible inside. University security personnel immediately searched the hospital, but didn’t find Janik, McBride said.

“We just sat on the car thinking that he would eventually return,” McBride said. “He just walked into the parking deck about 7 p.m.”

After they were satisfied Janik had not been robbed or kidnapped and was unharmed, GHSU police contacted North Augusta Public Safety, McBride said. He said the doctor’s supervisor at the GHSU Cancer Center, Dr. Samir N. Khleif, took Janik home.

“I don’t have any more details about where he was or what happened,” McBride said.

Thorton also said North Augusta considered the case closed and had no intention of interviewing Janik about his whereabouts during the 36 hours when police were searching for him.

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