Missing teacher may be in Fla., police report

October 02, 1997|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

County police say that bank records indicate Michael P. Parvis, a history teacher at Arundel High School missing since Sept. 23, might be in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"His bank card was used there and in some other places that would give us some indication that it was him," said Officer Carol Frye, a police spokeswoman.

Detective Thomas O'Conner was awaiting an image from a bank video camera for confirmation that it was Parvis, 54, who used the card, Frye said.

His daughter, Jennifer L. Parvis, 24, of Timonium, said she last spoke with her father more than a week ago. "We don't know much of anything right now," she said of his disappearence.

Parvis, a teacher at Arundel for 18 years, called in sick on Sept. 19, a Friday, but came to school that evening to work in the ticket booth before a football game, as he usually did, colleague William Norris said.

Parvis was a dedicated teacher who came in at least a half-hour early every day and stayed at school in the evenings, well after students left, preparing for his U.S. history classes, said Norris, head of the social studies department.

"He very seldom took a day off," said Norris, who has known Parvis since he started teaching at the school. "I can remember him not taking any days off some years."

A school administrator reported Parvis, of the 7900 block of Vintage Circle in Glen Burnie, missing to police Sept. 23, when he did not show up for work and had not called in. He had called in sick the previous day.

His brother, Peter P. Parvis, did not return a phone call to his Baltimore law office yesterday.

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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