Search Intensifies for Missing Springfield Twp. Man

Schoenike vigil

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Police and K-9 search units were out Saturday in Springfield Township looking for a man that was reported missing Friday.

Springfield Local school board Vice President Attorney John Schoenike was reported missing early Friday afternoon by his wife Lynn Schoenike. She told police she hadn’t heard from her husband since early Friday morning and calls made to his cell phone were not answered. She said the behavior is uncharacteristic of her husband.

Police pinged Schoenike’s cell phone and found his vehicle Friday evening at the Boardman Swim Club on West Boulevard, near Schoenike’s law offices. The vehicle contained Schoenike’s car keys and cell phone. Schoenike is not a member of the club and his family said there was no reason for him to be there.

Both Schoenike and his wife are attorneys.

“That’s something we’re looking into right now, if there’s any disgruntled clients,” said Springfield Police Chief Matthew Mohn.

Mohn called in the FBI Friday to assist with the investigation and Boardman police are also on the case. He said typically a person is not considered missing until they are gone for 24 hours, but Mohn felt the circumstances of the disappearance warranted quick action.

“We’re trying to find leads, trying to find out who his last contact was, where he went from his vehicle where it was abandoned,” said Mohn.

Lynn Schoenike said her husband is a family man who adored his two children. She said nothing was out of the ordinary when she last saw him Friday at their home on E. New Middletown Road in Springfield Township.

Church members from Saint Paul’s Church in New Middletown, where Schoenike is a member, distributed fliers Saturday throughout town and at area businesses hoping someone will recognize the man in the picture and have some information. Rev. Stephen Popovich said Schoenike was very involved with the church community.

“He was around at parish activities with his family. He is here every weekend on Sundays and worships together with our faith community,” said Rev. Popovich. “We are really concerned.”

Saturday evening friends and family gathered in front of the Schoenike’s home to light candles and pray for his safe return.

“I don’t know if it was a random act. If it was a planned act, but I know he didn’t walk away,” said Lynn Schoenike. “No relationship is perfect but this man, my husband, would not have walked away from here.”

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