Williamsburg couple missing in California: husband’s body identified, search for wife ongoing

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The body of missing Williamsburg resident William Schmeirer has been positively identified.

Schmeirer was reported missing in San Bernardino County, Calif. June 13 alongside his wife, Susan. Search personnel discovered a body matching his description June 16.

Mike Sutcliffe, supervising coroner investigator for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said Thursday afternoon that the body was confirmed as William Schmeirer’s.

The couple left their Williamsburg home May 27 and were expected to arrive in Palm Springs, Calif. on or around June 2. U.S. Bureau of Land Management Officials alerted San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dispatch of an apparently abandoned vehicle in the Amboy Crater Trailhead parking that that had been sitting there for more than a week. The Schmeirers were identified as the owners of the vehicle.

Susan Schmeirer’s whereabouts remain unknown. Sutcliffe said there was no further information available.

“We have nothing at this point. Searches are ongoing,” Sutcliffe said. “We’re just waiting for searches to determine anything regarding her.”

Susan Schmeirer worked part-time at the College of William and Mary in undergraduate admission from 2010-2017. William Schmeirer was a member of the Swem Board from 2014-2016. They are also parents to two alumni from the college.

Kate Perry, a senior assistant dean of admission at William and Mary, worked alongside Susan Schmeirer during her time at the college.

“She was certainly a wonderful staff member and a really big part of our team,” Perry said. “Definitely somebody we really cherished.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 760-366-4175 or the anonymous We-Tip hotline at 888-78-CRIME.

First reported by Seth Birkenmeyer

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