DETROIT (WWJ) – Crime Stoppers is offering a hefty cash reward for tips in the case of a well-known Detroit chef who’s been missing for over a month.
Douglas “Chef Doug” Calhoun, a 39-year-old U.S. Marine veteran, was last seen around 3:30 a.m. on June 1, before he returned to his home in the 3300 block of W. Outer Drive, near Wyoming Ave. and the Lodge Freeway, after a night out with friends.
According to investigators, Calhoun — who is also known as “DJ” — called his buddies to let them know he made it home safely, but that was the last time he contacted friends or family.
His vehicle was found in the area of Fenkell and Evergreen on Detroit’s west side.
Loved ones became concerned when Calhoun didn’t show up for work and missed an important catering job.
“I was frantic because he missed the catering job; that was number one,” said his sister, Dana Phillips, among those pleading for help at a new conference Friday. “So we immediately went to the Eighth Precinct and made a police report as a missing person, because at that point obviously he was missing…and we’ve been looking and waiting ever since.”
On Facebook, friends from his time in the military have been expressing their concerns.
Mike Harrington wrote: “I was in the Marines with Calhoun. My prayers are going out. We called him 50 cal Calhoun. Please keep us posted. God Bless.”
Michael Viana added, “I was in G 2/11 with him also. He’s a good man. Hoping for the best.”
Police say Calhoun is believed to be in good mental and physical condition. He is described as a black male, 6’1” tall and 230 pounds with a medium complexion, black hair in a brush wave style, a long, thick beard and short-cut mustache.
Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to Calhoun’s whereabouts. Anyone who has seen him is asked to call the anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or text CSM and your tip to 274637. You will not be asked your name or to testify in court.
Those with information may also call Detroit police at 313-596-1240 or 313-596-1616.