William Schmidbauer

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Above Images: Schmidbauer, circa 2007

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 23, 2007 from Manchester, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 23, 1943
  • Age: 64 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1 - 6'2, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, hazel eyes. Schmidbauer has a four-inch scar on his right thigh as the result of a combat wound, and varicose veins in both legs. He wears upper dentures. Schmidbauer is a chain smoker.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown t-shirt, blue shorts, black sandals and a Timex Indiglo watch with a silver band.
  • Medical Conditions: Schmidbauer suffers from depression and may have post-traumatic stress symptoms as a result of his experiences serving in Vietnam. He attended group therapy and took medication to address his mental health. He is not believed to be suicidal, but his mental state is described as "fragile." He also suffers from emphysema and is dependent on an inhaler which he does not have with him.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Schmidbauer was last seen on September 23, 2007 at the Cedar Glen West Development, a community for seniors in Manchester, New Jersey. His wife of 41 years went to bed at 11:30 p.m. and he kissed her goodnight. The couple slept in separatate rooms. At 5:30 a.m. the next day, his wife heard Schmidbauer get up, but she stayed in bed. When she woke up between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m., Schmidbauer's newspaper was on the kitchen table like always, but he was gone. His wife originally thought he had gone to talk to a neighbor, but the neighbor had not seen Schmidbauer at all that morning. He left behind his vehicle, keys, credit cards, medication, cash, cigarettes and veteran's identification card. He may have been carrying his wallet and other identification. Schmidbauer's wife called the police at 4:00 p.m. Two days later, a motorist reported seeing him along along Route 70 between the intersection of Green Acres Road and Christ Lutheran Church, about three miles from his home. He has never been heard from again.

    Schmidbauer was a career Army soldier and served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Black Horse Regiment in Vietnam, where he was wounded and earned a Purple Heart. He was stationed in many places throughout the country and was also stationed in Germany at one point. He retired in 1981. At the time of his disappearance he was very upset about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and concerned for the welfare of returning veterans, and he had started to skip his group therapy meetings. Just a few days before he vanished, he told a neighbor he wanted to "end it all." His wife told their daughter he had changed his medications and seemed agitated. She thought he may have become disoriented and wandered away from home.

    Schmidbauer's daughter lived out of stated in 2007, but his son lived locally. Both his son and his wife passed polygraphs in his disappearance. His wife died in 2015. Foul play is not suspected in his case, but authorities are concerned for his safety. His disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Manchester Township Police Department
    732-657-6111

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    Source Information
    New Jersey State Police
    WCBS TV
    The Asbury Park Press
    America's Most Wanted

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 5, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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