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Police looking for suspect in Florida hit-and-run that killed 1993 Lawrence High graduate

January 27, 2011

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A man who grew up in Lawrence was killed last weekend in an apparent hit-and-run accident in Florida.

And investigators in Jacksonville Beach say a suspect in the case has ties to Topeka.

Jacksonville Beach police have said Spencer Schott, 35, died after he was struck by a car.

The Florida Times-Union has reported Schott, a 1993 Lawrence High School graduate, was standing in front of his apartment complex. Police said the incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sgt. Tom Bingham, a Jacksonville Beach police spokesman, said Thursday investigators were still trying to find 30-year-old Adam Lloyd Shepard, who Topeka police said was wanted on felony hit-and-run charges in Schott’s death. Shepard owns a white 2005 Acura TL with a Florida license plate “925IRG” believed to be at the scene.

Former KU student Adam Lloyd Shepard will face first-degree murder charges in the hit-and-run death of former Lawrence resident Spencer Schott in Jacksonville Beach.

Former KU student Adam Lloyd Shepard will face first-degree murder charges in the hit-and-run death of former Lawrence resident Spencer Schott in Jacksonville Beach.

It was unclear if Shepard knew Schott before the incident.

Kansas University spokesman Todd Cohen said Shepard, whose hometown was Topeka, was a KU student from 2000 to 2002 but did not graduate.

Topeka police said they had been in contact with Florida authorities, but police spokeswoman Kristen Veverka said there was no indication he was in Topeka.

According to the Times-Union, Florida police also think Shepard could be in Omaha, Neb.

Friends of Schott said on Thursday that they were saddened by the news. Both of his parents, Susan K. Schott and John S. Schott, are Lawrence residents.

According to his obituary, Schott earned a bachelor’s degree in 1997 from the University of Iowa and was working as a district sales manager for the ADP Corp. in Jacksonville.

Friends said he was a fun-loving kid growing up who enjoyed sports.

“He was the type of person who was just always smiling, always having fun and looking to have a good time,” said Aaron Wilmes, a Lawrence optometrist who graduated with Schott.

Jacksonville Beach police are asking anyone with information in the case to call 904-270-1661.

Comments

bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

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Carl Edwards 3 years, 11 months ago

Back in the days when the Journal-World was an afternoon newspaper, Spencer was our paper boy. He was good kid that all the younger kids in the neighborhood looked up to.

This is so sad and my heart goes out to Spencer's family.

puddleglum 3 years, 11 months ago

this makes no sense: Topeka police said was wanted on felony hit-and-run charges in Schott’s death

topeka police are solving the florida crime? wuzzup?

AllisonM 3 years, 11 months ago

Spencer was an amazing man. He became a part of my family over the past few years. He will be deeply missed. We need to band together to bring this sick individual to justice for this violent crime. Please if you have any information do the right thing and turn this coward in to the local authorities so he can be returned to the Jacksonville police.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 11 months ago

Well the first sentence of the article says it was an "accident" but the guy they're looking for is wanted on "Felony hit and run" charges. Usually, if it's a felony, it's murder. Just running doesn't necessarily make it that way. They can also charge with vehicular manslaughter. But I dunno. I'm not a lawyer. But my guess is yes, it was intentional.

CAbrams 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes they met last week and got into a fight at a bar. Adam Shepard was thrown out and he waited at Spencer's apartment and then hit him.

naturalist 3 years, 11 months ago

The man who hit Spencer grew up and went to high school in Topeka and then to KU. Local authorities are involved because he might come back here since he still has family/friends in the area. Please, if you have any info that might lead to his arrest, call either Jacksonville police or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a $1,000 cash reward. www.News4jax.com has his license photo as does www.CJONLINE if you google his name with either one of those entities.

CAbrams 3 years, 11 months ago

We will all miss you Spence. You were a great person and it was a pleasure knowing you.

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