By Calvin Palmer
The FBI confirmed today that the University of Georgia professor suspected of killing his wife and two other men outside a community theater has his passport and a plane ticket to fly to Amsterdam later this week.
A nationwide alert for 57-year-old marketing professor George Zinkhan was issued following Saturday’s shooting in Athens.
Authorities today said they found Zinkhan’s passport wallet, but the passport is missing.
FBI Special Agent Gregory McClendon, in a federal court affidavit, said Delta Airlines has confirmed Zinkhan has a ticket to Amsterdam for May 2.
“He may change the date and attempt to leave early,” McClendon said.
The affidavit did not say when the ticket was purchased.
Zinkhan has a house in Amsterdam, where he also teaches at the Vrije Universiteit for about six weeks each year.
McClendon also said authorities have searched Zinkhan’s house and office. He has not contacted family, friends or students and his passport is missing.
“No one can account for Zinkhan’s whereabouts,” he said.
The shooting happened midday Saturday during a reunion picnic for a local theater group outside the Athens Community Theater.
The victims — Zinkhan’s wife Marie Bruce, 47; Tom Tanner, 40; and Ben Teague, 63 — were members of Town & Gown Players, which was staging a performance of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at the theater. Two others were hurt by bullet fragments.
Authorities still do not know the motive for the shootings.
The University of Georgia today announced that Zinkhan had been fired from his teaching position.
University officials do not believe he is still in the area but had patrols armed with assault rifles on campus as a precaution.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]