UPDATE: Physician’s death shocks Island community

Hundreds gather to honor Mitchell Jerome Shaw’s life

— Physician Mitchell Jerome Shaw, 38, was last seen by his family on Christmas day and found dead in his East Naples’ physicians’ office Saturday, reported Karie Partington, a spokeswoman with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Shaw, an Island resident and physician, who also owned property in Naples, was found at 12644 East Tamiami Trail in Naples.

"It's been ruled an apparent suicide," Partington said Tuesday. Investigation is still ongoing, Sheriff's Office officials reported.

Shaw had a family practice on 19 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, where he partnered with physician and close friend Andrew Guidry. Shaw was found at his off-Island branch of Marco Medical. Both physicians also had offices in Naples. .

Shaw recently supported Guidry’s campaign for a seat on Marco Island City Council.

Lisa Douglass, public information coordinator with the City of Marco Island said she didn’t socialize with Shaw, but said as a “prominent” Islander and a doctor who she visited on occasion as a patient, Shaw was a “down to earth, great guy.”

City Councilman Rob Popoff said Shaw was a good friend.

“Mitch touched a lot of lives ... It’s a real shock. I just saw him on Christmas Eve,” he said.

Shaw’s wife Karla, who is pregnant and due in February, was taken immediately to the hospital, Popoff said.

“I just want to make sure she is okay,” he added.

Hundreds gathered for services at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home, 577 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island 1 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a report released by the CCSO Tuesday, Shaw's wife, Karla, had last seen Mitchell at about 5:30 p.m. on Christmas.

Family friend Robert Hamm, 39, and his brother David Hamm, 42, both of Naples, went with Karla to look for Shaw Saturday morning or about two days since Karla had last seen her husband, according to statements in the police report. They saw his car parked in back of the medical building and upon entering saw Shaw dead on the floor, according to the report.

Police noted a silver handgun, bottle of vodka, phone, baseball hat, keys and a wallet on the desk near Shaw.

Friends say Shaw was suffering through a difficult financial time. Collier County court records reveal Shaw was in the process of being foreclosed upon for four property mortgages between last August and September.

In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for baby Shaw at two banks including Marco Community Bank, 1770 San Marco Road, Marco Island, 34145 and SunTrust Bank, 950 Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, 34145. Checks may be dropped off at either address or mailed. Make checks payable to Karla Nason Shaw.

Aisling Swift contributed to this story.

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MarcoFacts writes:

Mitch was a great guy and this is a real tragedy. Everyone is struggling in these difficult financial times and many of us are in serious situations with our mortgages. He was young enough to start over...what a waste. My simcere condolenses to his family and friends.

loscabos writes:

MAY HIS SOUL AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFULLY DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE.

ejburger writes:

Like many others I just can't believe he's gone. What a shame...

rcbauburn writes:

Réquiem aeternum dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei.

Mitch was wonderful person who will be missed by many.

playballonK writes:

Great all around guy, great doctor, he'll be missed

patthomson writes:

Shame on those negative comments above. That person obviously does not understand (or care about) depression that can very often lead to suicide. Diminishing a well loved and respected doctor in the community is shocking. My heart and prayers goes out to his wife and family.

cgarramone writes:

I've started a memorial page for Mitch on Facebook. Everyone is welcome to join. Just search for Mitchell Shaw on Facebook and he should show up in the groups section.

IHeartMarcoIsland writes:

I am shocked to hear about Dr. Shaw. He has been my doctor for many years and was always very pleasant. My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to his wife and unborn child. They will undoubtedly suffer excruciating heartbreak for sometime to come.

FreshFace writes:

no doubt guidry added to this event. I really respected Dr. Shaw. It's a shame he couldn't find a way to deal with things. I'm sorry to his wife and child.

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