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Help find missing VOC hiker Jim Schwartz

Post by sedonaredrocker » Oct 24 2011 4:57 pm

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance to locate a missing 66-year-old man, James Ross Schwartz, who resides in the Village of Oak Creek and recently retired as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Sedona. Schwartz was last seen at home by his wife on Wednesday, Oct. 19, around 6:30 a.m. He was reported missing just before 10 p.m. that evening.

Family members are monitoring his financial accounts in hopes of catching activity involving Schwartz which could identify his whereabouts. Schwartz did have access to cash which could provide a means of travel from the area. Schwartz had completed some housekeeping and yard clean-up the day of his disappearance, and although despondent, his family does not believe he is suicidal, according to YCSO Public Information Officer Dwight D’Evelyn. Schwartz is 5 feet 8 icnhes tall, 190 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He is likely wearing a blue T-shirt and grey fleece jacket displaying the name “Sedona” in the upper right corner, short pants and hiking boots. Schwartz may be wearing or carrying a khaki hat with a flashlight on it and in possession of a day pack.

He is a diabetic and reportedly does not have insulin with him. He left behind his wallet, cell phone, car keys and apparently walked away sometime during the day on Oct. 19. His wife confirmed he was home and asleep at 6:30 a.m. when she went to work the morning of Oct. 19. Schwartz is likely despondent due to an argument he had with his wife the evening of Oct. 18, as indicated by a note he left for her, which was found Thursday, Oct. 20, D’Evelyn stated. Schwartz is not known to carrying any weapons.

Coordinated by the YCSO Forest Patrol Unit, deputies directed deployment of four search dogs and helicopter flyovers beginning Friday, Oct. 21. Searchers checked areas around his home, including trails, which were reported commonly used by Schwartz in the past. No additional clues were discovered during the ground and aerial searches. The helicopter service was provided by Guardian Air. Over the weekend, deputies have contacted businesses in the Village of Oak Creek to alert employees and review store video tapes if available. No sightings of Schwartz were reported. Further video reviews are pending. Deputies received calls over the weekend claiming Schwartz was seen in the Prescott area. None of these leads has led to success in finding Schwartz. Also yesterday, deputies initiated a search of the area and followed up on leads but were unable to locate Schwartz. The morning of Friday, Oct. 21, search dogs have been deployed in the area, D’Evelyn stated.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Schwartz, call YCSO immediately at (928) 771-3260.
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Re: Help find missing VOC hiker Jim Schwartz

Post by azbackpackr » Oct 24 2011 9:20 pm

Thanks for posting this. I also noticed alerts posted on several other hiking groups I belong to. Hope he is found safe and soon.
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Re: Help find missing VOC hiker Jim Schwartz

Post by joebartels » Oct 26 2011 9:01 am

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Oct 25th wrote:Aggie(bloodhound) was showing lots of interest in a trail leading from Jim's neighborhood up onto the mesa.
Nov 9th wrote:Karen and Andrea made QUITE a hiking trip today-- from the Schwartz home up onto the Mesa heading north all the way to Turkey Creek Trail/Verde Valley School. 8 hours, 10 miles? numerous ravines and washes, many rabbits, a slew of deer, one tarantula, Three Crows, some quail, Javalina tracks and horse hooves, but no Jim. We found out it's possible to hike quite a distance in just one afternoon all the way to beautiful views and wide open expanses though...and that we are so small in this vast world. Another Bittersweet day here in the Village of Oak Creek, Arizona. It's DAY 24. -Andrea
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Post by Alston_Neal » Oct 26 2011 10:16 am

Thanks Joe.
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Re: Help find missing VOC hiker Jim Schwartz

Post by Al_HikesAZ » Oct 27 2011 3:01 pm

http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2 ... ng-man-66/
Yavapai deputies continue search for missing man, 66
by Jordee Kalk on Oct. 26, 2011, under Arizona Republic News
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for a 66-year-old man who went missing Oct. 19.

James Schwartz is about 5 foot 8 inches, 190 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen by his wife at their home in the Village of Oak Creek.

A note left by Schwartz indicated that he was likely despondent, according to sheriff’s officials. He and his wife got into an argument on Oct. 18.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office received a tip that a hitchhiker was seen around 5 p.m. Oct. 19 on Highway 179 near the U.S. Forest Service ranger station who partially matched the description of Schwartz. The man was attempting to flag down vehicles heading toward Interstate 17.

The clothes the man was seen wearing matched the description of Schwartz’s, a gray fleece jacket and hiking boots. He also had the same build as Schwartz.

The caller said the man had a black backpack. Schwartz’s wife confirmed he probably had a black JanSport backpack with him.

The caller didn’t see the man enter any vehicle, and authorities have not been able to confirm that the hitchhiker was Schwartz.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 928 771-3260.

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So if you were on 179 or I-17 and saw anything, let the Yavapai Sheriff know about your observations.
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Jim Schwartz search update.

Post by azbackpackr » Nov 20 2011 7:12 am

I see via Facebook that Jim Schwartz of the Village of Oak Creek, an older man in his late 60's, diabetic, retired pastor, has now been missing for over a month. His family is still holding out hope. I don't know the extent of the current search efforts. The Facebook page is a Community page, called Find Jim Schwartz. It certainly is puzzling.
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Re: Help find missing VOC hiker Jim Schwartz

Post by azbackpackr » Apr 06 2012 5:47 pm

A hike is being planned April 14 to continue the search:
http://www.findjimschwartz.blogspot.com ... anyon.html
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Re: Help find missing VOC hiker Jim Schwartz

Post by azbackpackr » Apr 08 2012 7:07 pm

Jim Schwartz's remains were found Saturday in a remote part of Woods Canyon, according to the FB page. This particular Woods Canyon is west of I-17, near Oak Creek.

Anyway, sad end to a mystery.
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Re: Help find missing VOC hiker Jim Schwartz

Post by fotogirl53 » Apr 09 2012 8:04 pm

Looks like he hiked up Woods Canyon about 8 miles. I'm relieved for the family that he was found. Now if someone could locate GPS Joe for his family.
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