Springfield Local school board vice president and local attorney Jon Schoenike has been located and is receiving medical attention.
Late Sunday night Schoenike’s wife, Lynn, confirmed Schoenike was found. She would only say he’s getting medical attention and is going to be okay. Schoenike was found in Forest County, Wisc., a sparsely populated area about 100 miles north of Green Bay.
Springfield Police Chief Matt Mohn said Schoenike left on his own free will and is originally from Wisconsin. He was unharmed and no charges will be filed.
John Juhasz, an attorney for the family, thanked members of the community and law enforcement that helped search for Schoenike on behalf of his wife, Lynn, and two daughters.
“Lynn, Jon, Katelyn, and Audrey have no words of sufficient gratitude for the care, concern, and hard work of scores of people, from safety service personnel, tho those who prayed with and for the family, to those who spread nearly 2,000 missing person flyers throughout the area on Saturday, to those who, without complaint, trudged through briars, brush and wooded areas on a muggy Sunday afternoon,” Juhasz’s statement read.
Juhasz also wrote the medical issues Schoenike sought treatment for likely contributed to his disappearance, though he was unsure of the “nature and extent of the medical issues.”
Mohn said the family went to Wisconsin to meet with Schoenike.
Since Friday, several law enforcement agencies looked for Schoenike, including Springfield police and the FBI.
On Friday, Schoenike’s truck, with keys and cell phone inside, was found at the Boardman Swim Club on West Boulevard.
Search parties including law enforcement, family and friends worked through the weekend.
Word first reached the family around 10 p.m. Sunday night during a prayer service at St. Paul’s church in New Middletown. Once Schoenike called his wife, who was with law enforcement officers, authorities in Wisconsin were alerted. They stayed with Schoenike until his brother, who lives a few hours away in Wisconsin, arrived.
Police and others involved in the search are now wondering what happened.
“I don’t think we’re there yet,” Juhasz said in an interview. “I think the biggest things are, I know that everybody wants to know the hows and the whys and that sort of stuff.”
Friends said the outpouring of help and support in the days that followed Schoenike’s disappearance left them overwhelmed.
“People showing up here willing to walk through weeds and ticks and poison ivy, looking for a guy just because they know he’s a good guy and they want to find him,” Juhasz said.