I’m probably jinxing things, but here goes. A poster on another board I frequent lives not too far from the WBC. According to him, Phelps hasn’t been seen in some time, and prior to his disappearing from public view, Phelps’ appearance was changed
he lost a lot of weight, looking thin and haggard. He used to wear shorts in public, then he started wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts, really covering up.
As to why there hasn’t been mention of this in the media
the family wants to deprive people of the chance to “pay respects” So I’m really thinking he’s dead. Since death certificates are not public record, and of course obituaries not a requirement, he could just slip off of the radar. Even if he died under medical care, the doctor is not allowed to speak about his patient.