Judge: No guardian for missing Indiana doctor's estate

September 16, 2011 3:02:34 PM PDT
The estate of a missing northwest Indiana doctor has no guardian for now. A judge denied requests to appoint a guardian chosen by her sons, one of whom police say is a person of interest in her disappearance.

Doctor Promila Mehta-Paul was last seen March 21st. Police in Munster, Ind., say they suspect foul play and believe her son Paresh Paul, 38, was involved. Paul initially sought to be appointed guardian of his mother's estate, which includes her home and financial assets. To prevent that, his younger brothers hired a management company instead.

Paresh Paul consented to the choice, but the judge denied their petition, uling this is not an ordinary guardianship case because a missing person was involved.