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The family of Springfield Local School Board vice president and local attorney Jon Schoenike said Wednesday he is back home and at his house in Springfield Township.
According to Schoenike’s wife, Lynn Schoenike, the family returned late Tuesday night from Wisconsin where Schoenike had been since last Friday when he was reported missing.
“We are home. We need to get more answers which can only be obtained through medical examination and testing we are scheduling,” said Lynn Schoenike. “I understand people in the community want answers but not more than I do.”
Tuesday night yellow ribbons were place around the couple’s home on Middletown Road in anticipation of Schoenike’s return.
“We so appreciate the support of this community. It was their prayers that brought him home,” said Lynn Schoenike. “When I am able to provide greater detail, I will do so.”
According to a statement released Tuesday, Schoenike was diagnosed with severe high blood pressure several years ago, which could explain his disappearance over the weekend.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.