The family of Springfield Local School Board vice president and local attorney Jon Schoenike said Tuesday he was diagnosed with severe high blood pressure several years ago, which could explain his disappearance over the weekend.
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 to find him.
Late Sunday night, Schoenike’s wife, Lynn, confirmed Schoenike was found in Forest County, Wisc., a sparsely populated area about 100 miles north of Green Bay. Word first reached the family around 10 p.m. Sunday during a prayer service at St. Paul’s Church in New Middletown. Schoenike is originally from Wisconsin.
The family’s attorney, John Juhasz, released a statement from the family on Tuesday, saying that because of the concern shown for Schoenike and his family, they thought it was “proper to disclose what we know about Jon’s unexplained disappearance. We know a little more than we did. We do not know as much as we would like to know.”
According to the statement, Schoenike was diagnosed several years ago with severe and uncontrolled high blood pressure. It said he has been under a doctor’s care and regularly takes his prescribed medicine, but it did not seem to help on Friday.
The family said Schoenike changed his clothes after his wife left for court that morning just before 9 a.m., but he has no recollection of changing and only vaguely recalls leaving home. The statement said “most of the other details of Friday and Saturday he simply cannot recall.”
Schoenike told Lynn he heard the prayers from the community and called to tell her he was not Ok and needed help, the statement said.
Preliminary medical tests done in Wisconsin indicate Schoenike had a prior minor stroke and a previously undiscovered lesion on his spinal column, the family said. They said they do not know if the findings are related to his disappearance and more testing is needed.
The statement said that although many people are questioning what happened, the family’s primary concern is his medical issues and how to resolve them.
“The family is overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support and concern. The community’s love and prayers outshine the few spotty black clouds that the inevitable naysayers try to sprinkle. When the family returns, questions will be answered as we learn more. While there is obviously tremendous community concern, this is nonetheless a family medical matter, and the primary concern is to return Jon to good health,” the statement said.