The body of James Schwartz, a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), was found April 7 about 10 miles from his home. Schwartz had been missing since Oct. 19 and was last seen by his wife at their home in Village of Oak Creek (Sedona), Ariz. According to local news reporters, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Forest Patrol Unit initiated search efforts.
The body was found by a committed searcher, who felt God’s call to continue the search and went on one more hike the Saturday before Easter, according to the Schwartz family.
Schwartz served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in Sedona, from 2001 to 2011.