Titusville doctor missing again

2/16/04

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A WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE ARREST OF MARK C. SORENSON, WHO AUTHORITIES SAY WALKED OUT OF A YOUNGSTOWN HOSPITAL.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Titusville doctor who has disappeared a second time.

Police in Girard, Ohio, are looking for Mark C. Sorenson, who disappeared from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown before authorities could bring him to court to face charges of possession of drug abuse instruments, according to a published report.

Police said he walked away from the hospital Feb. 6. He had been recovering from an apparent self-inflicted stab wound to the chest.

After his initial disappearance from the Arlington Hotel in Oil City on Jan. 12, Sorensen was found Jan. 24 lying on a living room couch with a steak knife sticking out of his chest at a Girard, Ohio, residence, according to police reports.

He had been reported missing after failing to show up for a shift at the Titusville Area Hospital.

Police were called to the residence described by Capt. Frank Bigowsky of the Girard police department as a " crack house."

Police said they originally handled the incident as a felonious assault, but were not able to substantiate that and considered the wound to be self-inflicted.

Sorensen, who came to this area from Philadelphia, had been employed at Titusville hospital less than a month prior to his disappearance. He was hired through a temporary agency for physicians and the hospital has had no contact with Sorensen since the middle of January.

Bigowsky said police found no prior convictions for Sorensen. A background check prior to employment showed no evidence of anything out of the ordinary, according to CEO Anthony J. Nasralla at the Titusville Hospital.