Big yard sale for a bigger purpose: Find a missing man
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The reward for finding a missing young man from Olympia has just been boosted by $1,000.
It is all part of an effort to find Logan Schiendelman.
A giant yard sale set for Saturday at 74th Avenue Southeast and Rich Road with the money raised to add to the reward to finding Logan.
Donations are arriving at Monica Stutzman's yard ahead of the big event to raise awareness as well as money.
The 20-year-old from the Olympia-Tumwater area hasn't been seen since May 19. His car was mysteriously abandoned on Intersate5 by someone else who ran off into the woods leaving Logan's phone and wallet in the car.
"Of course hope starts dwindling for a safe return, I suppose.," said Schiendelman's great-uncle Mike Ware. "But we don't have specific answers so of course there's always hope and there will be hope."
Ware is a retired Thurston County sheriff’s lieutenant, so he knows the reality of missing person's cases. But he also knows rewards can shake loose tips, and someone just donated $1,000 to the cause.
"Obviously somebody is very concerned for Logan," said Ware. "Very generous. Highly appreciated."
The reward is now up over $3,000.
The missing poster is up all over the region, and there have been freeway signs to be on the lookout. But still no Logan Schiendleman
"I find it really odd that someone dumped his car on I-5," said Stutzman. "Where did he go and why did someone else have his car? And why were all of his belongings in the car? I just can't imagine if that was my child I would lose my mind."
Stutzman offered her home for the fundraiser even though she never met Schiendleman.
Shauna Goulding brought a car load of donations even though she, too, never met him
"It's a good cause," she said. "And if we can find out more about him and where he's at, that would be helpful, and I know if I were in the same situation, I would want any help I could get."
There is a Facebook page dedicated to finding him. You can find it here.