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Missing Springfield attorney found

Published: Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

Lawyer reported missing reportedly in Wisconsin






The family of an attorney and school board member who was missing over the weekend was flying to Wisconsin late Monday afternoon to see him.

Township Police Chief Matt Mohn said he has yet to talk with Jonathan Schoenike, who was reported missing by his wife Friday.

But the chief was present Sunday evening interviewing his wife, when Schoenike called on his family’s home phone to tell his wife he was in Wisconsin.

Mohn said he was not able to speak with Schoenike as he talked with his wife, Lynn Maro, also an attorney. Mohn said he asked if he could speak with him, but Schoenike was adamant that he only talk with his wife.

Mohn said another officer listened in on an extension and he was able to verify that it was Schoenike.

“It was more important that he talked to his wife,” Mohn said.

Schoenike first was reported missing Friday after his vehicle was found about 10:30 a.m. at the Boardman Tennis and Swim Club on West Boulevard in Boardman. The community conducted vigils for him Saturday and Sunday, and social media sites posted photos of Schoenike and asked for help in finding him.

Atty. John Shultz organized an effort to help look for Schoenike on Saturday. He said he knows his wife well from her work as a criminal defense attorney. He said he was glad Schoenike was found and is safe but did not want to comment further.

A statement by the family released by Atty. John Juhasz, one of Maro’s law partners, said Schoenike had “medical issues” that were related to his disappearance — and the family is still trying to get more information as to what the condition is.

“He was not OK when he was located and is in need of medical attention,” the statement said. “The exact nature and extent of the medical issues continue to be explored, though it appears that they contributed to his disappearance.”

The statement also said the family wanted to thank police and law enforcement and everyone who prayed for them over the weekend and volunteered to search for Schoenike, which included assistance from the Boardman police and the FBI.

The couple have two daughters, ages 19 and 17.

Mohn said Schoenike has relatives in Wisconsin and the Forest County Sheriff’s Office there took him to a brother, who was about two hours away.

Mohn said he did not know how Schoenike got as far as he did without a vehicle and they have no record of his using any type of credit or debit card to make any purchases.

Kathy Lipp, Springfield school board vice president, said she was relieved that Schoenike was found. “Prayers were answered,” she said.

Lipp said she has not seen much of Schoenike since a ballot issue passed in May, but that he had helped with the passage and that nothing seemed to be wrong with him. “He seemed fine.”


1ls(8 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm confused. I thought the wife was at a prayer service when he called. Will more investigation be done or will this be dropped after all the resources expended?

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2peggygurney(408 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

That's what I read too, Is.

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3ls(8 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh and what about his medical condition? You know, the one that contributed to his disappearance? Wouldn't the police have taken him for medical attention before going to his brothers? Must have been a quick medical visit. Is he ok now? I guess that continues to be explored.

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4paul138(6 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully some journalists in Y Town will investigate to find the truth. If there was no actual crime law enforcement will probably just drop it. But they do owe an explanation to the people of New Middeltown and Springfield that dropped what they were doing to go to a candle light vigils and help the family. But since they are both lawyers very doubtful they will share the truth.

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5UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Was the medical condition the "side effect" we are warned about in the Viagra commercials...you know, the one about what to do if the "condition" lasts 4 hours?

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6excel(1254 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

He may have found a new client and wasn't just practicing law.

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7ls(8 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The news stories have been contradictory at best. There must be more to this story. My fav is the family's quote that they are still trying to get more information as to what the medical condition is. Really? You mean you didn't ask? You didn't talk to the doctors? Will the police just let it drop and not even insist on talking to him? The police file should be a public record now so I hope the newspapers ask for it. Originally the stories said they went to "pick him up" now they are just going to visit him! Maybe he doesn't want to come back?!

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81970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad the guy is ok, and I would have done the same as the family did and get as many govt law eforcement agencies involved as I could have.

However, the wife was adament he wouldn't have left on his own. It was made to seem as though someone did something to him. He "mysteriously vanished!"

So what happened? The public spent alot of money on this search and now the public is not being told why he went missing.

If there is a medical condition, tell everyone so they can make sure their family member does not have similar episode. If he was just tired of his wife, send them a bill.

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9jr99(102 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

If it's a private issue that the family does not want to talk about publicly, then just say so. All they need to say is "he's alive and well. the rest we wish to keep private". That would be fine. However, don't say it was a "medical issue" that caused him to just up and leave and go to Wisconsin. Medical issues don't cause a middle-aged person to "vanish" and end up in a different state. Mental or marital problems do. I'm glad he's ok, too, but please don't insult people by saying it was a "medical issue". But then again, we're talking about criminal defense lawyers here. Apparently, everyone in the world is not nearly intelligent as they are and incapable of knowing when something does not sound right.

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10walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

"IF" Schoenike has a mental problem then it is be a medical issue. Why is it that we can easily accept when an obese person becomes diabetic but not when a seemingly normal person has a chemical imbalance that causes mental issues? Obviously, the man leaves his vehicle, keys and wallet and makes it to Wisconsin w/o using a credit card means he had assistance. He owes his wife and family an explanation. He owes the public also if he intends to be on a school board.

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11Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

jr99 - -That is what I got out of it. Glad he is OK.And excel you don't practice law in Wisconsin with an Ohio law license as far as I know.

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12k9girl2223(19 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Sounds to me like he has a real medical condition called 1-800 can I find a new babe in Wisconsin, I'm tired of my wife.... seriously though I'm with most of you the public deserves an explanation. The community dropped everything to look for this guy when really he was probably with another woman. If he has a medical condition depending on what it is would you want him representing you in court or making decisions on your children's future at school... I don't know but it sounds like he was up to no good and just wanted to get away from everything....

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13ls(8 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

According to the Facebook page his family/supporters set up for him, his only medical condition was high blood pressure. I would assume if he had a mental condition his family would know about it, disclose it to the searchers/police so they would know what they were dealing with. If an issue happened that would cause him to want him to get away from it all, I would assume his family would disclose that to searchers/police so they would know what they were dealing with. Did this happen? I don't know.

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14handymandave(578 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

you heard the joke "what do you get when you chain 3,000 attorney's together and toss them into the ocean"?

A Good Start

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15excel(1254 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

It sailed right over your head BigBen. Nowhere in my statement did I infer that he was practicing law. I said that he found a new client wasn't just practicing law. Kind of like some R&R. VIVA VIAGRA ® !

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16TheValley(3 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The posts on this article are shameful. The man has been found. His family is dealing with the issues. Mind your own business and be happy he is alive and not dead.

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17Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

OK excel.

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18paul138(6 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The "medical condition" is a story invented by two attorneys.They think that is such a personal issue people will not push for details. The family is never going to tell the truth. The truth is in WI and I hope someone from the Vindy or one of the TV stations sends someone up to find out what really happened. It might take some real journalism skills, not some googling all day...Put TMZ on the case they would have it figured out in a few hours :)

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19TheValley(3 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Why are you all concerned about his medical condition? You sound like Gladys Kravitz. Get a life. Move on. Some things are personal and do not belong in the paper.

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20paul138(6 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The Valley i would be shocked if a "medical condition" is the reason he hitched a ride 600 miles.He may have gotten into some trouble with
a "friend" that required medical attention. But the people of Springfield Township are owed an explanation regardless if its medical related or not if he wants to stay on the SLHS school board.

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21k9girl2223(19 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I think the media should be asking him, how did you get there? Or better yet who picked you up and drove you there? She must have a name!! Where did you stay while you were in Wisconsin? The hotel must have a name as well. Nobody is disclosing that information!! Lots of people were involved looking for him, they deserve an explanation, but they will probably never get one....

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22ls(8 comments)posted 3 years ago

Anything new on this? Is he is still on the school board? Did he recover from his ailments whatever they may be ?!

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23republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 3 years ago

He and his wife are both lawyers so they cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Sad story anyway and hope he's ok.

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24excel(1254 comments)posted 3 years ago

Unless Jonathan Schoenike speaks up we may never know the rest of the story.

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