Detectives investigating the disappearance of a local attorney now believe he intentionally faked his death and fled Tennessee.
William Grothe, 62, was last seen leaving his office on Music Square East just after 12 Noon on November 19. That afternoon, some of his personal belongings, including jewelry, driver's license and credit cards, were found in a tied plastic shopping bag in the front yard of a home on South 5th Street.
Then, that night, Grothe's car was found parked and locked in Shelby Park, near the boat ramp.
There were no signs of a struggle or foul play and a search of the area turned up nothing. Further investigation has now revealed Grothe, using his wife's maiden name, checked into a hotel in Missoula, Montana in the days following is disappearance.
Detectives also believe the man who called Nashville's Emergency Communications Center on November 24 claiming he had murdered Grothe was Grothe himself.
Metro police said the motive for Grothe's decision to disappear is not clear although detectives said his life insurance payout would have been in the $1 million range.
Police said they are still working to identify Grothe and anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.