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Missing Medical College of Georgia Hospital doctor returns

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 9:33 AM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 1:39 PM
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A Medical College of Georgia Hospital doctor reported missing earlier this week has been found and is safe.

John Janik  SPECIAL
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John Janik

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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seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/01/12 - 09:40 am
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Well thank goodness...

Well thank goodness...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/01/12 - 09:54 am
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There have
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been times I've wanted to go missing, especially last night. Halloween had nothing to do with it.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/01/12 - 10:08 am
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Great News

that the doctor is safe - that's all we need to know. God bless him and his family.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/01/12 - 10:09 am
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Very good news

It's a huge relief for a lot of people. I hope he really is alright because we sure do need him.

skinnypants18
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skinnypants18 11/01/12 - 10:40 am
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interesting

I am very happy this man has been found safe and alive, however, I am disappointed as a GHSU employee that we were never notified he was missing. We had to read about this in the newspaper. You'd think we would have rec'd an campus email alerting us of his disappearance.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 11/01/12 - 10:58 am
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Skinny pants

Receive an email about a missing employee? Are you nuts? The only important things we receive an email about of from is our "fearless leader". What a joke...all we're ever informed about is "him". Grrrrrr

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 11/01/12 - 11:03 am
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Storm in a teacup......
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I believe faculty were notified but maybe not employees. I received a campus wide email yesterday from the director of the GHSU Cancer Center informing me of his disappearance and another this morning informing me of his reappearance.

All indications are that his disappearance was entirely voluntary.

The reason Lt. Thornton has no "further details on where the doctor might have been" is because the cops didn't find him. He came home under his own steam.

Thanks, Doc, for wasting public money and everyone's time. Your cell phone is your friend.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/01/12 - 11:18 am
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@ Skinny, etc.

Many of us, those who are connected in some way with the Cancer Center and Dr. Janik, in fact were notified when the press release was sent out. It seems unlikely that everyone at the institution would be notified, or even would need to be.

rebellious
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rebellious 11/01/12 - 12:13 pm
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Strange

There seems to be a lot missing from this article.

KSL
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KSL 11/01/12 - 12:14 pm
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I hope he will in some way

I hope he will in some way make restitution to the public agencies that spent time and resources on finding him.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/01/12 - 01:10 pm
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Really Strange

There seems to be a WHOLE LOT missing from this article.
Perhaps he was in an alternate, parallel universe for 36 hours?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/01/12 - 01:19 pm
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Althought the police aren't

Althought the police aren't interested in knowing where he's been, I'm sure the Mrs. will want some answers. I agree, a whole lot missing from this article.

dwb619
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dwb619 11/01/12 - 01:52 pm
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amnesia

I would claim AMNESIA, and stick to it.

whyme
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whyme 11/01/12 - 01:57 pm
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missing info

It's called "nunya"...as in none of our business. By putting it in the paper it did become our concern but once those involved found out what was necessary, that is where it ended as far as our need for the details. Works for me...

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 11/01/12 - 04:45 pm
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Question
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Janik appeared in the parking deck around 7pm, presumably with the intention of reclaiming his car. He did not do so. Instead, Samir Khleif drove him home.

Should we assume from this interesting snippet that Janik was in no condition to drive and needed a chauffeur to transport him home?

This looks more and more like an MCG version of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/01/12 - 04:57 pm
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We have been lost in the parking garage many times.
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Very stressful on the "gray at heart". 36 hours. Glad he was found (-;

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/01/12 - 04:59 pm
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The parking garages that spiral down into the ground are
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even more of a challenge. We couldn't have one of those at 13th and Walton Way because of the Storm Water Issue. Or anywhere else in ARC because we do not own the land under buildings.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/01/12 - 07:01 pm
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He's got some 'splaining to

He's got some 'splaining to do to his wife.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/01/12 - 07:01 pm
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And I'm thinking it's going

And I'm thinking it's going to be "hot tongue, cold shoulder" at his house.

KSL
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KSL 11/01/12 - 08:11 pm
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Lately there have been a

Lately there have been a number of temporary and voluntary disappearances of people than have cost some manpower expenses. That concerns me because it takes up valuable public resources.

KSL
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KSL 11/01/12 - 08:16 pm
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whyme

It's nunya until taxpayers are having to pay the price to try to find him.

Little sis
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Little sis 11/01/12 - 08:53 pm
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Thank you

Thank you to all of the law enforcement and friends who searched for my brother. No words can express our families gratitude ensuring a safe return home. Sorry folks no " hot tongues or cold shoulders" in THAT home only love and thanks to God. Thank you to all who know my brother for the person he is a kind loving caring and generous human being.... so I guess it is trully worth the hours of searching since there so few of those people out there. Be thankful for the Dr who came to your community and be thankful that he IS safe as someday he maybe the one who comes to save your life or the life of someone you love as much as we love him....

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/01/12 - 11:05 pm
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Sean...I do not understand

Sean...I do not understand why my comment was pulled. I sympathize with this sister and realize that she loves her brother dearly. No we do not know the whole story and no need to speculate (which I didn't). My comment was respectful, no personal attack and definitely not attacking anyone. If as you stated we are not going any further on this story then I suggest you remove all previous comments and close this article out. Why you saw the need to pull my comment and not others only proves there are double standards.

KSL
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KSL 11/02/12 - 12:34 am
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ICL

I did not see her comment, but after years of seeing her comments, I cannot see a reason why one of hers would be taken down either.

The fact remains that the taxpayers funded some time law enforcement spent.

His car was staked out and he eventually returned to it is not an acceptable explanation to the tax payers for the waste of resources for part of those 36 hours.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/02/12 - 12:38 am
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Glad he was found safe

This newspaper reported a man missing in a very strange way and when he is found we are given no details like it is none of our business. Sorry Chronicle but when you printed the story you made it our business.
The main thing though is the Doc is safe. I will respect the family's privacy.

KSL
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KSL 11/02/12 - 12:42 am
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As long as public resources

As long as public resources were utilized, it is not a private matter, especially if it is not applied across the board.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/02/12 - 01:07 am
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ICL

My posts get pulled so much I don't even know what I can or cannot say anymore.
I could post rainbows and kittens and they'd pull it!
By the way KSL I agree with you.

Frenchified
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Frenchified 11/02/12 - 01:41 am
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My heart goes out to his

My heart goes out to his wife, his sister, and all those who love him. It is such a relief that he is safe. The cost of finding him doesn't matter, and the reason really doesn't matter unless you're a part of his family. Remember the story of leaving the 99 sheep and searching for the one that was missing?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 11/02/12 - 05:58 am
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Lil sis, I'm glad your
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Lil sis,
I'm glad your brother has been "found." I'm sure it was an amazingly stressful time for your family. I'm grateful for his professional services to the community and the remote possibility that one day he would save my life...but I'm no more grateful for him than for the men who actually do take away my garbage each week.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/02/12 - 07:06 am
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Does he have a medical condition?
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That would be news his patients would have a right to know. If you do not want the world to know you business, then keep it private. Who alerted the AC?

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