Monday, October 31, 2011

A crisis in review. The search continues...

It is so hard to put the last 12 days into words, but since we started this blog half way into the search, I thought I would update it a bit with the backstory for anyone interested that does not have facebook.

Wed 10/19- Jim goes missing and his disappearance is reported to the Yavapai Sheriff's office

Thurs 10/20- One search and rescue officer begins searching a trail behind the house in the Village of Oak Creek.  This is a trail that is very close and very familiar to my father.  Today the kids arrive as well to join in the search efforts.

Friday 10/21- Our first 7am Ranger Station meeting.  We have an amazing group of volunteers eager to help.  Simultaneously the YCSO (yavapai county sheriff's office) sends out a team of air scent dogs and a helicpoter to canvas the same area as the day before.  In order to keep that area freed up for the dogs, we mobilize volunteers into our second choice spot where we think dad might go.  In addition we send out people to hand out fliers, canvas neighborhoods and make phone calls. 

The love starts pouring in...and so does the food.  THANK YOU to all who have kept us well fed during this crisis.

Saturday 10/22-  YCSO SAR calls off the search.  We are completely on our own in the Search and Rescue department.  At this point the Sheriff's office can only follow leads brought in by the public unless something concrete is discovered.  They do not have the funds to help us search the desert.  7am Ranger station meetings continue, more groups are mobilized into areas we believe dad could be, or could have traveled through.

Friday 10/21-Saturday 10/29 all blur together. 

7am Ranger station meetings continue, to try to organize and mobilize volunteers.  We continue to have the amazing support of family, friends,  neighbors, community members and our church family.  Ladies from the church are teaming up with neighbors to man the phones, shop, cook, find housing for out of town volunteers and lift our spirits.  Men and women alike from the church and community are out combing the desert, family and friends fly/drive/make their way to Sedona to join the cause.  Plane and helicpoter pilots donate time for air searches, friends with 4WD and ATV's mobilize, people with horses show up to help, AZSTAR (AZ search, track and rescue) bring various dog teams up from the valley, AZ search and response members also volunteer to mobilize a dog team, friends mail in their personal GPS and radio equipment to help us organize more efficiently.   Red tape is put up and the volunteers do their best to tear it down.  We could not have gotten this far without ALL of you.  Community businesses reach out to donate supplies, copies and services.  GARMIN donates brand new Rhino units and more to keep us in contact with eachother and keep us on the right path.  We mobilized the media and found dad's story on the nightly news, in the papers and on the radio.  Communities near and far organized prayer vigils, posted (and continue to post) fliers in their vicinity, paper cranes were made (with a goal of 1,000 in hopes of finding truth in the ancient 1,000 paper cranes tale that if you make 1,000 your wish will come true), hundred's maybe even thousands PRAYED. 

We have had many visitors: family, friends, community members we have never even met before, pastors...even our synod bishop.  All have brought peace and love.  Each day is hectic, every evening is family time.  We have cried, talked, worshiped, planned and prayed together.

Besides our minds going a mile a minute trying to pull together this one-of-a-kind (our first time, ha ha!) grass roots search, all we can do is watch in amazement at the help and love and say Thank you, thank you, thank you...but still no Dad.

Sunday 10/30-It has been a grueling 10 days.  The family goes to church and worships the Creator who knows and sees all.  We trust that He will make a way in all of this.  One of the Reformation texts Psalm 46, has helped us through the begining of this journey "God is our Refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble." After church more calls are made, more tips come in, at this point the YCSO is fielding hitch-hiking tips, can dad be out there, outside of Sedona?  We won't say no, and we appreciate any leads...where to look next...that is the question.

Monday 10/31- WE WILL FIND DAD! Today we have been calling all over the place.  We hope that our facebook and blog followers will print the flier and put it up any and everywhere.  Offices, businesses, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, media etc.  We have to get the word out on our own and we need it to spread.  We pray that the "right" person will see the info and have a tip, either about dad, or about how we can further our search.  We need help...we need Prayer...we still need YOU.

This search is ever evolving; it is nowhere near over.  Please help us find our dad...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Live in Arizona? Here is how you can help.

Hello dearest volunteers.  At this point in the search for Jim, the most helpful thing that you can do is to print up the "Still Missing" poster and spread them throughout your community.  Here in Sedona and the VOC we have been quite thorough in spreading the word, but I am sure there are still locations in need of a poster.  Outside of Sedona, the need is even greater.

Through Facebook, you can go to the Find Jim Schwartz photo gallery and look at the wall photos. The flyer is in that gallery. Once you double click the image, there is an option to Download the photo. From there you could print the flyer/poster. 

If you do not have access to Facebook, you can right click this image of the "Still Missing" Poster and download it to your computer by selecting "save image as". 

Please distribute these flyers to any stores, law enforcement agencies, libraries, post offices, etc.  We have been working our tails off to get these everywhere but just ran into a police officer today in Flagstaff who knew nothing about the case!!!! Obviously we have more work to do and with your help we can make sure that everyone in AZ knows!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The tide is turning...

Today has marked a major shift in our search tactics. We have decided that the families efforts should be focused on continuing to raise awareness about our father's case throughout the state. More phone calls and emails and faxing...less hiking and canvassing of the surrounding hills. The 7 am lineup meetings have been called off for now...if we get another lead that points us to the hills it will resume. In the meantime, if you are interesting in helping the family, please let us know. We love you all and thank you infinitely for your support!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The legend of 1000 cranes...

Legend says that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their heart's desire come true. 

So we set out to make our wishes come true. Will making 1,000 cranes work? Who knows, but we have to do something and it's a great thing to keep busy with when we can't be out hiking. 

The idea started and took off when Sami's best friend Kim started making them with her high school math classes. So far we have 676 cranes hanging from our walls. If you want to help you can bring them by the house or give us a call. We will figure out how to get them to us. The cranes give us a visual representation of the love and support pouring out from the community.

Thank you, thank you, thank you all for everything you have contributed in time, energy, prayers, 
and everything else. 


The family will be attending church and will not be meeting at the Ranger Station at 7am.  If you are interested in helping that day please contact us.  We are contemplating an afternoon hike in the event that we do not find Jim today.

This is the HAT we believe Jim Schwartz was wearing the day of his disappearance on Wednesday October 19th, 2011

Here are Karen and Jim Hiking around Tucson.
This is the hat we believe him to be wearing.  It has LED lights in the brim.



Friday, October 28, 2011




“Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the 
most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you -- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”

― Edward Abbey

Thursday, October 27, 2011

STILL MISSING. 7am Meeting at the Jim Ranger Station Tomorrow Morning

Jim Schwartz
last seen in the Village of Oak Creek Wednesday 10-19-11

Family Hike in Sedona area

Horses and New Approaches

Today is a slightly different day. Horses are out again and it's quiet in the house, that is when you compare it to this week.  We have groups in the Prescott area distributing fliers as well as in places like Page Springs. There are new dogs lined up to be here to help both Friday and Saturday who can hopefully start where Aggie left off. People we don't even know show up at the door asking to help, it is phenomenal and shines hope. Family members have been canvasing several points of interest and are continuously processing tips.

We have hope, love, and support, now we just need JIM!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Yesterday afternoon we received a phone call from a lady who lives in a neighboring town.  She had seen our story on the news and wanted to help.  Today she came with three other horsemen to help cover more ground in our specific search area. What a generous and amazing group!  Here are some photos of them heading down the street... Any volunteers to scoop poop? but really we did follow them and scope horse poop through this cute golf side neighborhood.

That crazy storm passed, but it was detrimental in that our hiking group had to call it early.  We are so close! He's out there.....but WHERE?! Give us a clue!


Today we are Searching the area between the Village of Oak Creek and House Mountain starting where the Search dogs were called off last night at the end of Diamond Sky Road.  It was too dark last evening to continue the search safely and with a wave of emotion we pulled off the scent.  Aggie the Bloodhound was NOT HAPPY that we had to stop "working" and I think NOT HAPPY is an understatement for our feelings for having come this close.
PRAY for us now as the volunteer searchers are hiking in the hills and a torrential downpour has just hit.  And lightning. OUR VOLUNTEER SEARCHERS ARE STRONG AND HOPEFUL THEY WILL FIND JIM.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We will find Dad!

Aggie (Agatha) the bloodhound showed promising interest near our first instinct. We are hitting the trail in a NEW way and we need YOU! 7 am (Wed) at the Ranger Station, we can NOT wait to see YOU there! Please come prepared to hike (not walk), bring some food, lots of water, and your AMAZING spirits. We ♥ our volunteers!

Please Help Us Find Jim Schwartz

STILL MISSING: JIM SCHWARTZ IN ARIZONA. Last Seen on Wednesday (10-25-11) in the morning before going on a hike from his home in the Village of Oak Creek.

We have these rad dogs on the scent. Thank YOU AZSTAR

Monday, October 24, 2011

Jim Schwartz is Missing

JIM SCHWARTZ was last seen in the Village of Oak Creek on Wednesday 10/19/11wearing brown hiking boots and a grey fleece jacket.
He is 66 yrs. old, 5'8"
If you have seen him or have any information on his whereabouts please call (480) 359-6209 and leave a clear message with you name, telephone number, where and when you may have seen him and we will call you with further information. THANK YOU