RAVENNA, Ohio - The wife of Melvin Shoemaker— a millionaire who went missing 25 years ago— also went missing more than 15 years ago. Authorities searched the home of their son last week in connection with Melvin Shoemaker's disappearance.
The Portage County Sheriff's Office said Florence Shoemaker, who was 76 when she went missing, was last seen in Ravenna on Feb. 3, 2003.
Neither Melvin Shoemaker nor Florence Shoemaker have been found, according to authorities. No arrests have been made and no warrants have been issued in connection to the search for Melvin and Florence Shoemaker.
On Sept. 5., BCI, along with sheriff's deputies from both Geauga and Portage counties, started looking into the disappearance of Melvin Shoemaker.
They searched the home belonging to Melvin Shoemaker's son, Glenn Shoemaker.
Melvin Shoemaker was a retired welder worth several million dollars, according to a News 5 story written six years after his disappearance. His son was his sole heir. Despite Shoemaker's wealth, he led an "almost hermit-like existence" at his home in Parkman. He didn't have much contact with the outside world, according to the 2000 News 5 report - no telephone, television and he didn't use much electricity.
"There has been no trace of him whatsoever," Detective Chet McNabb of the Geauga County Sheriff's Department said in 2000. "That's the hard part. There's nothing to indicate what happened -- no struggle. He's just vanished from his home."