KARL MESSERSCHMIDT - Missing Person Investigation – Clay Township

Update – Missing Person Investigation – Clay Township
Class (UCR) Code:
Crimes Code: Title: N/A
Date/Time Reported: 03/18/2019 14:30 (Monday)
TIME - Received: 14:30
Location: 100 MUSEUM RD - STEVENS
Patrol Zone: 06 - 22 Clay Township
Discovered Date/Time: 03/18/2019 14:00 (Monday)

Male – White
5 feet 10 Inches
275 pounds
Age – 46
Brown Hair – receding- balding hairline – short cropped hair style
Hazel Eyes – wears glasses – metallic - rectangular frames
Unknown clothing description – social media and family interviews provided the usual clothing ensemble worn by the subject to include camouflage pants, and dark colored top of dark colored hoodies.
No fixed address

The NLCRPD has concluded the initial phase of the investigation concerning a missing person identified as KARL F. MESSERSCHMIDT, age 46, last known fixed address in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. MESSERSCHMIDT remains unaccounted for and the investigation into his disappearance remains active. The key events in this investigation are detailed within the following chronology of events.

On 3-18-2019 NLCRPD responded to an aid and assist incident. The initial call originated from Pennsylvania State Police -Jonestown Barracks. It was reported that a Karl F. Messerschmidt was possibly suicidal and his vehicle was found parked at or near the intersection of Woodcock and Laurel Ln. inside the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. It was also indicated that vehicle was parked and unoccupied for approximately 4 days.

NLCRPD meet with Pennsylvania Game Commission law enforcement officers and a search is initiated of trails and areas in the immediate vicinity. This while further investigative efforts are underway to determine more information concerning the situation. NLCRPD contacted family members, who reside out of the Lancaster County or local Central Pennsylvania area. NLCRPD immediately initiated the missing persons reporting process. Interview of family members identified provided indicators concerning the subject’s interest of Geocaching, Ham radio and panoramic views from rocky vantage points on local mountain top vistas.
During the initial NLCRPD response phase officers located items within the vehicle including a loaded handgun, radio, and other equipment used for outdoors activities consistent with the missing subjects’ interests.

Interviews with family members included indications of potential self-harm by the subject, consistent with the specific location where the vehicle was found and matching nearby geographic features. The interview also provided the specific means and way the threat to self-harm was provided in a vaguely worded conversation. These statements were to have been made by the missing person to family members within the previous thirty-day period. MESSERSCHMIDT was entered into the NCIC/CLEAN data base by the NLCRPD and was listed within the classification of missing endangered.

The vehicle a Jeep found parked at the Wildlife area and confirmed as owned by the missing person was towed and impounded by the NLCRPD for safekeeping and safeguarding of items for any potential evidence, forensic or other probative value associated with the emergent investigation. NLCRPD in concert with the Pennsylvania Game Commission made the determination an area search to locate the missing person was appropriate based upon the information known to law enforcement. This determination activated local fire and search/ rescue teams. During the initial search the PA Game Commission and NLCRPD assets were present and allocated to assist with search and rescue efforts Middle Creek Search and Rescue , and numerous fire and rescue assets arrived, and search efforts within the unified command structure commenced.

An area search followed that was conducted over an expansive area of varying terrain within the wildlife area. The scope of the search was such that various search elements were utilized. The duration of this search was over a three - day period, concluding on Wednesday the 20th. Search resources included:

 Remote air to ground drone teams
 Horse mounted search teams
 ATV Search assets
 Foot searchers
 Law enforcement support teams
 EMS teams
 Logistic teams
 Pennsylvania State Police Aviation resources

At the conclusion of the search a determination was made that all reasonable efforts to locate the subject in the search venue were exhausted. The NLCRPD requests anyone having information concerning MESSERSCHMIDT which may assist in the investigation to contact the agency at nlcrpd.org.