Update II (10:03 a.m. July 30): There are still more questions than answers about the reappearance of Larry Schnackenberg, the Lenexa man who disappeared for 20 days before being found Wednesday by a parks employee (who just happened to know Schnackenberg). His sons didn't have many answers for us yesterday during a press conference. But it sounds like their father hasn't even answered their questions.
"Although questions remain, we are simply enjoying the fact
that he's still in our lives," David Schnackenberg said yesterday during a press conference (via the Star).
So we're left to speculate on why Schnackenberg took off without telling
anyone and wonder if we'll ever get answers. The Star's Mike
Hendricks writes that we
should respect Schnackenberg's privacy. But here's the deal: How
much police manpower and resources were used and how many taxpayer
dollars were spent trying to find a guy who apparently didn't want to be
found? Schnackenberg didn't want to be found.
Update I (2:19 p.m. July 29): If you read today's Star
Sounds like Larry
Schnackenberg didn't want to be found.
story about Larry Schnackenberg being found -- alive --
after 20 days, you might have scratched your head after reading this
quote: "Just the fact that he disappeared and didn't want to be found is
crime," said Officer Dan Friesen, Lenexa Police spokesman. "There
nothing to indicate any crime has been committed." Didn't want to be
found? But was that really the case? Sounds like it.
what it appears," Friesen told me this afternoon.
certainly odd given that the father of five had reportedly stayed up the
night before he disappeared writing a toast
for his daughter's upcoming wedding.
Asked if Schnackenberg was in Shawnee Mission Park -- where his 2003
Ford Explorer was found
parked outside of shelter No. 8 -- Friesen said police believe he was
in the area, saying Schnackenberg had definitely lost weight, was
covered in bug bites and had been exposed to poison ivy.
is still being evaluated at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Friesen
said, but not for anything life-threatening. been found.
Original Story (6:20 p.m. July 28): Larry Schnackenberg,
Larry Schnackenberg has
who has been missing since July 8, has been found.
say the 58 year old was found "walking along a trail at approximately
2:20 p.m. today." This is stunning, to say the least.
Schnackenberg was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Here's the statement from master police officer Dan Friesen:
"The Schnackenberg family and the Lenexa Police Department
would like to thank the community for the heartfelt concerns and efforts
to locate Mr. Schnackenberg. We are happy to inform you of this
positive outcome. At this time, the family is attending to Larry's
medical needs. During this time of reunion please respect their
privacy," Friesen said.
Schnackenberg's white 2003 Ford Explorer was found
parked outside of shelter No. 8 at
Shawnee Mission Park. His wallet and cell phone were still in the
vehicle. It's a bizarre case with Schnackenberg's friends saying he
didn't normally go to the park.
As for answers, there are few. But int he coming days, I'm sure we'll find out more.