As a family, we are continuing in our efforts to locate Jim. Below is the most recent media release:
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Scott Mascher - Sheriff 255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Dwight D’Evelyn - Media Coordinator 928-777-7441
November 16, 2011- UPDATE – SCHWARTZ STILL MISSING
YCSO Seeking Public Help to Locate Missing Adult from Village of Oak Creek
Since October 19, 2011, the date 66-year-old James “Jim” Schwartz was last seen, YCSO deputies and detectives have continued to follow-up on tips. Schwartz apparently walked away from his home on that date after leaving a note indicating he planned to leave. Family members and friends have also continued ground searches in the Sedona/Village of Oak Creek subsequent to search efforts involving YCSO deputies/volunteers following the initial report. As of today, there has been no success in locating Mr. Schwartz. Within the last week, YCSO received a tip reporting Schwartz walking in downtown Prescott on October 22, 2011. In light of another previous reported sighting in Prescott, deputies have distributed flyers to homeless shelters and soup kitchens throughout the area. On October 27, 2011, YCSO received reports of a man matching Schwartz’s description in the Payson area.
Clothing update – This includes items he may be wearing or currently have access to: Black t-shirt, light grey fleece pullover (not a jacket), khaki hiking pants with zip-off legs that become shorts, navy blue waterproof jackets, brown hiking boots, and a brown hiking hat with LED lights in the style of a ball cap.
Schwartz is 5’ 08,” around 190 pounds with grey/brown hair. Family members state that he is diabetic, but not insulin dependent. He takes maintenance medication and it is unknown if those medications are with him. No activity involving any bank/credit cards accounts previously used by Schwartz has occurred since October 19, 2011.
YCSO personnel and family members are hoping Jim sees media reports and initiates some form of contact so family and the public at large know he is safe.
As indicated previously, since no verification of Schwartz has been made in any of the recent tips, we ask the public not to preclude a possibility he could still be in the VOC/Sedona area. YCSO encourages those hiking in and around Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek to keep alert for any sightings of Schwartz.
Please contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or your local law enforcement agency if Schwartz is located.