Mobile police are looking for an Oklahoma City Army veteran who disappeared from Medal of Honor Park over the weekend
By Daeshen Smith
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MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) — Larry Schaum, 64, and his family were returning from a spring break trip to Destin when they made a quick stop at Medal of Honor Park.
“We just needed to find a nice park for our kids to play, run around and stretch their legs while we ate our packed lunches,” Delaney Soukup said.
Schaum’s wife, Delaney Soukup, said they were fine all day. She thinks he got angry after she asked him to do something. He said he would, but then threw his phone away and left.
“I walked after him and said you don’t want your phone and he said no, I don’t need my phone,” Soukup said. “I said how are you going to get home and he said I’m going to walk home one foot in front of the other.”
Soukup says Schaum is an Army veteran who suffers from PTSD after ten years of combat service in Iraq.
“Many veterans with PTSD are overwhelmed by large crowds. Medal of Honor Park was very busy that day,” Soukup added.
She says Schaum drifted away in the past when his PTSD kicked in. When he did not return on Saturday, the family searched the park and surrounding area but had to continue their journey home. They stopped in Jackson, Mississippi, and hoped he would meet them there.
“When we got to Jackson he never showed up and by then I was starting to worry, but it really didn’t settle in until we got back to Oklahoma City, I don’t know. not what happened to him,” Schaum said.
Schaum has no phone or transportation, but his wife says he may be trying to get home.
“He knows the road from Mobile to Oklahoma City pretty well and I think he’ll try to walk or hitchhike back but I have no way of contacting him,” Soukup said.
Now she hopes someone can help her get home safely.
“I want people to know that he won’t hurt anyone. Like I said, it’s not violent.
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