Searchers Recover Body of Missing Man
The search for a missing man from the rural surroundings southeast of Greenway reached a sad conclusion Tuesday afternoon, when volunteers located the body of Johnie Wade Schmidt, 68. According to Clay County Sheriff Gerald McClung, Schmidt was found approximately one-eighth of a mile from his home in a nearby bean field at approximately 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The sheriff reported there is no foul play suspected in the death.
Schmidt was reported missing early Sunday morning by family members. He was last seen Saturday night. Authorities say when his wife awakened in the morning Schmidt was no longer in the home.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department, the Clay County Search and Rescue Task Force and area fire departments were joined by other volunteers in combing the area Sunday with no results. Searches continued into Monday, with as many as 75 volunteers joining in the effort.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time," McClung said. "Also, we greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone who took part in this search. Volunteers turned out in strong numbers to assist us with this."