As a funeral is held today in Snellville for a married Scout leader and father of three, Hall County authorities continue to investigate his murder.
No arrests have been made in the Valentine’s Day shooting death of Richard Schoeck, 46, of Snellville, whose body was found lying on the ground next to his white Ford F-250 truck in a remote North Hall park.
Schoeck’s wife, Stacey Schoeck, 38, called 911 to report the shooting about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. He was dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
The Snellville couple had been in White County over the weekend visiting Stacey Schoeck’s grandmother, Hall County Sheriff’s Col. Jeff Strickland said Friday. The two left the grandmother’s Cleveland home in separate cars and decided to stop at Belton Bridge Park, a tiny unpaved park on the banks of the Chattahoochee River off Ga 365.
Schoeck was already at the park before his wife arrived in her Ford Explorer Sunday night, Strickland said.
Authorities have been mostly tight-lipped about the investigation. Strickland said investigators continue to question people and process forensic evidence.
“Our investigators have been working around the clock on this case,” he said.
Efforts to reach Schoeck’s family members for comment Friday were unsuccessful.
According to his obituary, Schoeck was a graduate of Auburn University with a love of hot air ballooning and motorcycle rides in the mountains. His three children attend Gwinnett Christian Academy and he was a leader for a Cub Scout pack in Snellville.
Schoeck and his wife ran a Boy Scouts-accredited summer day camp for first- through fifth-graders last year.
Schoeck worked as a facilities manager for a biotechnology company. His wife is an administrator at a neurosurgery clinic.
Schoeck’s shooting death is at least the fifth homicide to occur at Belton Bridge Park in the last 30 years, officials said.