Sangamon County officials search for 59-year-old missing man

Sangamon County officials search for 59-year-old missing man.


The search for Michael Schmidt enters day three and now, it's being called a recovery mission.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office issued a statement Tuesday regarding the search for missing 59-year-old Michael Schmidt.

Sheriff Wes Barr reported that the area of Vigal Road in Pawnee, Ill. was searched extensively with negative results.

A total of 40 volunteers with the Illinois Search and Rescue Council also assisted in the search.

The search resumed Tuesday with a K-9 handler and her cadaver dog from Gateway Search Dogs Inc, of Metro St. Louis.

Barr said all searchable areas have been searched. The area is currently being protected by an on-duty deputy until the search resumes Wednesday.

The plan is to have divers check a pond in the immediate area.

The flooding has impacted the search. However, the flooding has started to recede and officials intend to conduct a more extensive search.

The sheriff's office is asking residents to keep an eye out for Schmidt in the area. If anyone sees anything suspicious, they are urged to contact the department at 753-6666 or 9-1-1.


The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is looking for 59-year-old Michael Schmidt.

Officials responded to the report at 6 p.m., June 10 at 7600 Vigal Road in Pawnee, Ill.

On June 11th, a multi-agency search took place the entire day, where law enforcement combed the area Schmidt was last seen.

According to police, Schmidt and a friend were looking for arrow heads at the time he went missing. Schmidt was said to be in poor health and has a breathing tube in his neck.

Schmidt's friend said he is unable to speak because of the breathing tube, but he can hear and see. The friend waited for Schmidt to return to the vehicle after their search for arrow heads, but he never returned.

The friend searched the area for Schmidt, but was unable to locate him. He was then reported missing.

Monday's search ended around 8:00 pm.

Schmidt was not found.

The search ended due to the area being unsafe for searchers.

Law enforcement is also asking the community to not go to the area and try to help due to it being very dangerous.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information on Schmidt's whereabouts to contact the Sheriff's Office at 753-6666.

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