Missing person

Law enforcement crews were out Monday searching for a Bastian man missing for a week.

A press release from the Bland County Sheriff’s Office said that Richard Schumacher’s cell phone pinged today in the New Kirk Street area of Princeton, West Virginia, with no further activity. Mercer County officers were unable to locate anything, the release said.

Schumacher’ wife, Pam, said her husband was last seen Monday, July 30, as he left for a motorcycle ride. Family members think he was going to ride the Back of the Dragon route that stretches from Tazewell to Marion.

Pam Schumacher said her husband never let anyone know when he was riding or where he was going.

“He just went for a ride,” she said.

She said she last saw her husband of 38 years on Friday, July 27, when he came to her house for dinner. She lives nearby and cares for her father. A neighbor saw him Monday, July 30, and said Richard said he was going to “ride the little dragon,” Pam Schumacher said.

She filed a missing persons report with the Bland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Family members also reported him missing with the sheriff’s office in Tazewell County, she said.

Richard Schumacher was last seen on his black and red Suzuki with the license plate 937620. He is 68 years old with white hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

His wife said he had no plans to stay anywhere overnight because he would have asked her to look after his dog, Jack.

“When he’s going somewhere, he knows I have to let Jack out,” she said, adding that Richard never drives at night because he has night blindness. There has been no recent activity on his bank account, she said.

Pam Schumacher hopes to learn news of her husband soon.

“It’s getting harder every day,” she said.

Anyone with information about Schumacher is asked to call the Bland County Sheriff’s Office at 276-688-4311.

To reach reporter Millie Rothrock, call 276-228-6611, ext. 35, or email mrothrock@wythenews.com.

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