Friday, November 23, 2001

D.C. police are investigating the disappearance of an America Online marketing executive who went missing more than two weeks ago.

Sgt. Brett Parson, who is assisting in the investigation, said Douglas Small, 38, from the 2400 block of First Street NW, was last heard from on Nov. 6 in a telephone conversation with a friend. Later that morning, he was supposed to attend a meeting, but he failed to appear.

Metropolitan police began seriously investigating the case four days later, when the distressed friend contacted Sgt. Parson.

Mr. Small is the director of marketing at AOL Time Warner, “but that’s just one factor behind our interest in his disappearance,” Sgt. Parson said.

“Really, the reason we became so interested is because every friend and relative of [Mr. Small] we’ve talked to says he’s the type of guy you could set your watch to.”

“He did not show up, which is really unusual for him,” Sgt. Parson said.

Mr. Small is a black man, 6 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs about 190 pounds. He had a light beard and mustache.

He would normally socialize with friends in the Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill areas of the city.

Sgt. Parson said that a search of his home did not show signs of forced entry or foul play.

“At this time, we are investigating all theories of what might have gone wrong,” Sgt. Parson said. ” we are concerned because Mr. Small is highly dependable and a predictable individual.”

Sgt. Parson said Mr. Small was last seen on the evening of Nov. 5, when a friend dropped him off at his home.

He said Mr. Small’s friends did not believe Mr. Small had been distraught or ill; they said he appeared to be in excellent physical condition. He said Mr. Small was an avid bicyclist and one of the thousands of riders in the AIDS Ride from Raleigh, N.C., to Washington.

Sgt. Parson said he has talked with Mr. Small’s family and friends, from Washington state to Florida, and they did not know his whereabouts.

“I have been contacted by people from all over the country. Everyone who has contacted us says he is a real solid, confident, organized and very predictable man, who would call if he was going to be late,” Sgt. Parson said.

He said anyone with any information should contact the Metropolitan Police Department’s Synchronized Operations Command Center at 202/727-9099 or page Sgt. Parson at 202/996-5567.

• Guy Taylor contributed to this report.

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