Schoenike Left Because of Personal Crisis

Springfield school board vice president and local attorney Jon Schoenike left the area because of a personal crisis, not because of illnesses, causing a three-day manhunt aided by the FBI.

A Forest County, Wisc. Sheriff’s report says Schoenike told sheriff’s deputies he left his Springfield home May 17 because of a personal crisis.

Reports said the FBI contacted Forest County authorities and said they believed Schoenike was at the Luna White Deer Campground. A deputy reported he patrolled through the campground with Schoenike’s photo until he found him.

The deputy asked if Schoenike needed medical attention and Schoenike said he was fine. He told the deputy he hadn’t eaten in three days. He was taken back to the sheriff’s office, where he was interviewed for about 90 minutes, reports said.

Family members in Wisconsin drove the car he arrived at the campground in to the sheriff’s office.

Schoenike’s wife, Lynn Maro, had previously said she believed her husband may have left because of health issues, including high blood pressure. Schoenike, Maro had said, left home before 9 a.m. and changed his clothes.

Maro had said Schoenike vaguely remembers leaving home but  “most of the other details of Friday and Saturday he simply cannot recall.”

Schoenike left his truck, with his keys and cell phone inside, at the Boardman Swim Club on West Boulevard. Search parties, including law enforcement, family and friends, worked through the weekend to find him.

Schoenike called his wife during a prayer service at St. Paul’s Church in New Middletown.

Maro had said preliminary medical tests done in Wisconsin indicated Schoenike had a prior minor stroke and a previously undiscovered lesion on his spinal column. They said they do not know if the findings are related to his disappearance and more testing is needed.

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