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SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio - As 21 News was the first to report Sunday night, missing attorney Jon Schoenike has been found alive and safe.

Schoenike has been reunited with his family in Wisconsin after he was reported missing from the Mahoning Valley three days ago.

His wife Lynn Maro Schoenike has issued a statement saying: "First and foremost, Jon Schoenike has been found and he is safe. He was not ok when he was located, and is in need of medical attention. The exact nature and extent of the medical issues continue to be explored, though it appears that they contributed to his disappearance."

For the family and the community their prayers have been answered.

Schoenike, who is also vice-president of the Springfield School Board, vanished without a trace on Friday morning.

The Springfield Township man's vehicle was found in a parking lot of the Boardman Tennis and Swim Club, just a stone's throw away from his law office. The keys were inside the vehicle along with his cell phone.

After days of searching, and just as a church vigil began on Sunday evening, his wife received the call she had been praying for, according to Springfield Township Police Chief Matthew Mohn.

"She didn't know who the phone call was from at first when the phone was handed to her. And I heard her say 'Jon is that you? Are you ok?'" Mohn says.

Schoenike was calling from Forest County in Wisconsin, the state where he grew up and where authorities ultimately found him, more than 700 miles away.

In the statement released by the family his wife told him by telephone, "Everyone was praying for him, Jon said that he had heard the prayers."

His family boarded a plane first thing Monday morning to be reunited with him.

What's unclear is how Schoenike ended up in Wisconsin.

Jon Schoenike's long-time friend Attorney John Juhasz said, "I think everybody wants to know the how's and the why's, and all that stuff. But when you've spent 3 days just trying to find somebody, the first questions are, 'are you ok?' and 'where are you so we can come and get you?'"

As the family begins to learn the answers to their questions, they are still overwhelmed by the outpouring of friends, strangers and law enforcement officials who stood by their side during this most difficult time.

Juhasz says Schoenike's wife Lynn spoke highly of the hundreds of community members that gave their time offering prayers, support and assisting in the search.

"She was choked up just telling me how appreciative she was," said Juhasz.

The family, including the couple's daughters Katelyn and Audrey, want to thank:

  • Police Chief Matt Mohn
  • The detectives and officers of the Springfield Township Police Department, particularly Detective Gus Lolakis and K-9 Officer Glenn Corey
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  • Special Agent Jim Ciotti
  • Special Agent Todd Werth
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