Ryan Knoedler disappeared from his family on October 15. For five long weeks his mother, Jacquie, sister, Kelly, and other family members did all they could to search for him and search for answers. They found support in their neighborhoods and online. You could feel in the writings of both Jacquie and Kelly that there was a desparation to find Ryan.
Their answers came on November 23 when police came to the home to tell them Ryan had been found. It wasn't the answer they were hoping for. Ryan had been in a terrible, fatal accident, and his car had just been found in a heavily wooded area and had gone undetected for five long weeks.
Today is the day the Knoedler family puts Ryan to rest. His memorial service will mark the end of the searching for Ryan, but a new beginning for his family. The beginning of healing, a long process of mending hearts broken and shattered.
KNOEDLERTOMMY "BEAN" OECHSLIN
RYAN M., Oct. 16, 2008. Beloved son of Jacqueline (nee Boyle) and George Knoedler, devoted brother of Kelly Fisher (Keith), loving uncle of Brianna Brinn. Relatives and friends may call Monday 11 A.M. at WACKERMAN FUNERAL HOME, 8060 Verree Rd., Fox Chase. followed by Prayer Service 1 P.M. In lieu of flowers donations in his name to Peace4missing.ning.com, 121 Lafayette Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417 would be appreciated.
Ryan's mother, Jaccquie, has pledged to help another family near her, also searching for a young man. His name is Tommy Oechslin. His sister, Crystal and Jacquie met as members of Peace4 the Missing when
Crystal posted this heartfelt plea:
PLEASE HELP!!! MY BROTHER TOMMY(BEAN) IS MISSING!!
MY BROTHER TOMMY OECHSLIN(BEAN) HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE SEPTEMBER 24,2008. WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT HIS SAFETY. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION OR KNOW OF HIS WHEREABOUTS WE URGE YOU TO CONTACT THE CHERRY HILL POLICE AT 856-665-1300 OR HIS FAMILY AT 609-233-5636. PLEASE!!! SOMEONE HAS TO KNOW SOMETHING!!! WE ARE SCARED AND WORRIED SICK!
Tommy has been missing longer than Ryan and, of course, his family is frantic for news of his whereabouts.
As Jacquie Knoedler memorializes her son today, and we all mourn with her and her family, we shall all band together to help Crystal find her brother, Tommy "Bean" Oechslin.
Peace4 the Missing