The last time anyone saw Logan Schiendelman (20) for certain was the morning of May 19, 2016, in the house he shared in Tumwater, Washington with his grandmother and sister. According to his grandmother, that morning he seemed nervous and told her he’d had an “epiphany” and he would be driving around.
The following day, his 1996 Chrysler Sebring, pictured above, was found abandoned on the Interstate between Tumwater and Maytown. And it wasn’t just on the side of the road: someone had left it in gear, so the car had drifted through lanes of traffic before hitting the barrier in the middle. It was a huge hazard, so several people called 911. When police arrived, they found Logan’s wallet, cellphone and ID inside. A witness said he’d seen a man jumping out of the car through the passenger side and running into the woods. He described him as a white male. However, there were some grocery bags in the center console of the vehicle that seemed undisturbed, so it didn’t seem likely that the person driving had crawled over to the passenger seat and got out of the car that way. Police theorized there might have been two people inside and the witness just saw one of them running away.
Strangely, a week later there was a check-in on Logan’s Facebook page saying he was at the Olympia regional airport, which is about 9 minutes from Tumwater. But that clue hasn’t led to anything and there’s no proof he took a flight or was even there.
Logan was a popular athlete in high school. But according to his family, things changed once he started college. He drifted away from his former friends and had trouble making new ones. After his freshman year in Washington State University he went back to live with his grandmother in Tumwater. He seemed to be at a loss of what he wanted to do with his life. Everyone says he was a different person when he came back, quieter and nervous. His grandmother said he’d started smoking a lot of marijuana and police has wondered if he might have got in trouble over drugs, but so far they say they have no evidence a crime has been committed. Logan also didn’t get along with his sister’s boyfriend, who was living with them. The boyfriend was questioned and passed a polygraph.
If you have any information that might help find Logan, please contact the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department at (360) 704-2740.