Supporters attend vigil tonight for missing Springfield attorney


With the sun setting, about 150 people attended a candlelight vigil outside the home of Jon Schoenike, an attorney and Springfield school board vice president, who has mysteriously disappeared.

A tearful Lynn Maro, his wife of 22 years and partner in their law firm, said Saturday that “if there is a way for him to get home, I believe with every fibre of his being, he’ll get home.”

Schoenike put a pork roast in the oven of his family’s East Middletown Road home on Friday morning, did some weeding, and hasn’t been seen since.

His 2004 Ford Excursion — with his cell phone, keys and a broken watch that worked earlier in the day — was found around 10:30 a.m. Friday at Boardman Tennis and Swim Club on West Boulevard in Boardman Township, Maro said. That is near the couple’s law office, but Schoenike wasn’t a member of the club, and there is no reason why he would be there, she said.

Springfield police are being assisted by the FBI in the search for Schoenike.

Those at Saturday night’s quickly organized vigil hugged each other, cried and offered words of encouragement, then surrounded the house holding candles.

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