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Logan Schiendelman

A 19-year-old vanishes and his car is discovered drifting into oncoming traffic

  • Last updated: November 13, 2023
  • Tumwater, WA
  • May 19, 2016

Overview of Logan Schiendelman

Logan Schiendelman was a star football player, a kind friend, and a bright student.

He loved to listen to music and was known to write poetry. Logan knew how to make his friends laugh and was well-liked by his peers. In 2015, Logan graduated from Tumwater High School and went on to attend Washington State University in the fall. After his freshman year, Logan decided to drop out of college and moved back with his grandmother and his half-sister, working different jobs.

Logan Scheindelman was born on June 27, 1996. Logan is mixed-race; his mother was biracial and his father was Saudi Arabian. Logan never met his father because he lived overseas. His mother, Hannah, wanted to go to art school in Olympia, Washington, and therefore Logan’s grandmother was granted guardianship. Hannah remained present in Logan’s life.

Towards the end of his high school years, he was beginning to experience an identity crisis. A classmate made some inappropriate comments about his ethnicity. That experience led him to feel incredibly isolated and began separating himself from his local friends.

When Logan is last seen.

Logan was last seen by his grandmother on May 19, 2016 at their home. That morning, Ginnie was getting ready for her job at the Washington State Department of Ecology. Logan was awake and began talking with his grandmother about a recent epiphany he had had. However, the exact details of the epiphany are not known, because Ginnie had to get work and asked if they could resume their conversation that evening. This would be the last time Ginnie saw Logan.

That evening, Logan was not home. However, Ginnie checked Logan’s phone location and it pinged near his mother’s location. Under the assumption that Logan was with his mother, Ginnie was not concerned and felt he was safe. However, Logan was in the area of his mother’s home, but did not see his mother. The following day, Logan was still not home.

Logan’s car is found.

Strangely, the next day, Logan’s 1996 black Chrysler Sebring convertible with a Washington license plate AVJ8434 was discovered was found on southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 92. Three different drivers called 911 to report a car drifting across three lanes of traffic at a slow speed. The callers also reported seeing a white man with either light brown or red hair jump out of the moving vehicle and proceed to run towards the woods. However, when authorities arrived on scene there was no sign of anyone near or around the car, and the car was impounded.

An image of Logan Schiendelman's black car.

Between May 19 and May 23, Ginnie starts to grow concerned for her grandson. She wanted to report him missing on Saturday, May 21, but when she went to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, they were closed. Therefore, she reported him missing on Monday, May 23. Ginnie provided the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office with Logan’s identifying information and his car information. It was quickly discovered that Logan’s car had been impounded on May 20, which led Ginnie to pick up her grandson’s car. While there could be evidence inside the car, authorities did not brief Ginnie on the proper forensic protocol. Therefore, she searches Logan's car for potential clues. Inside the car, she finds Logan's video games, football gear, some clothes, and movies. There are also snacks, an empty water bottle, and approximately $20. Logan's phone is still inside the car, along with his wallet and ID.

In 2017, police released a suspect sketch after a woman came forward who described the two men believed to be near Logan’s car while on Interstate-5. Only one of the two sketches were released.

Logan is described as 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 170- 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is multiracial and was 19 years old at the time of his disappearance. His hair is usually shaven, and he was wearing a black windbreaker, jeans, a white shirt, and possibly Nike sneakers. Logan has a small scar on his left forearm below his elbow. Logan is allergic to nuts, and usually carries an epi-pen on him, but it is unknown if he had one on him at the time of his disappearance.

Where the case stands today.

Logan’s case remains unsolved. In 2018, Logan’s story was featured on an episode of “Disappeared” on Investigation Discovery. In December 2020, the Hide and Seek Podcast focuses its second season entirely on Logan’s case.

In 2023, Logan's case was featured in Season 2 of Dateline's Missing in America podcast.

If you have any information on Logan’s disappearance, please contact the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 786-5500.


  1. Date Missing:May 19, 2016
  2. Birthday:June 27, 1996
  3. Current Age:27
  4. Age at Incident:19
  5. NAMUS Number:MP34124
  6. Race:Black / African American
  7. Gender:Male
  8. Height:6'0"
  9. Weight:170 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Black

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