CAMBRIDGE — An 83-year-old man who was to be inducted into the Cambridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend has not been seen since leaving his home Wednesday morning.
According to Sandra Hinchley of Edgerton, her father, John O. Rindahl of Cambridge, left the home he shares with his son and daughter-in-law at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 and has not been seen since. She said Rindahl’s vehicle was discovered on Aarback Road near Edgerton around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
The silver GMC Terrain was found parked between Lein Road and State Highway 73 a short distance west of Koshkonong Creek. The missing man was last seen wearing black cargo pants and a short-sleeved shirt.
Per family members, Rindahl did not inform anyone of his destination prior to leaving home.
“It really makes us worry, because he has not been driving far,” Hinchley explained. “He usually just goes down (Highway) 12 or 18 (a short distance), because he’s afraid to drive anywhere else.”
She reported that Rindahl’s jacket and car keys were found in the vehicle, and GMC’s OnStar service informed the family SUV was parked where it was found between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
“Did nobody see him between nine and three?” Hinchley asked.
Kelly Schuette, the missing man’s granddaughter, posted his photograph with a plea for assistance in finding him on social media website Facebook earlier Thursday afternoon.
“Please help me and my family find my grandpa, John Oscar Rindahl. He has been missing since yesterday and his car was located last night on Aarback Rd in Edgerton, but he was not in it. The police have searched the whole area and found nothing. Our hearts are broken,” she wrote.
The family said a search involving law enforcement, fire and rescue units, boats, ATVs, helicopters and drones commenced upon discovery of the car, but yielded no indication of the man’s whereabouts.
“There’s no sign,” an audibly emotional Hinchley said during phone interview. “We don’t understand, and we don’t know what to do. He doesn’t have any enemies.”
His daughter said his only health concern was regarding his pacemaker, but he had experienced some anxiety and depression recently.
His brother, Aubrey "Bubby" Rindahl, 95, of Cambridge, passed away on Sept. 5 at Alden Estates of Jefferson.
Rindahl was set to be one of three honorees at this weekend’s Cambridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony. A member of the Class of 1954, he averaged 23 points per basketball game, and occasionally ventured up into 27-31 points in an era where three-point shots were not yet approved.
The Blue Jay shooter played one year at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville before joining the Navy, where he served four years before returning to Wisconsin.
Bjorn Kaashagen, a member of the nomination and selection committee for the award, declined specific commentary on the news about Rindahl, but said everyone was praying for the best.
Bernie Nikolay, administrator for the School District of Cambridge, was contacted regarding the missing man.
"We are deeply concerned about the welfare of John Rindahl," he said. "We are hopeful that John will soon find his way home to his loving friends and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with John, his family, and those that are working to bring him home safely."
Hinchley asked that anyone who may have seen her father between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 contact the family or law enforcement.
Rindahl’s family members have posted messages on Facebook asking for anyone in the vicinity of where the car was found to check trail, security or surveillance cameras for anything that may assist in finding him.