Missing Flower Mound police officer issues apology

UPDATE: Flower Mound police sergeant Jeremy Varnell’s lawyer, Peter A. Schulte of Dallas, issued a statement on behalf of Varnell Wednesday afternoon: “Sergeant Varnell was taking personal time to reflect on some private personal issues and appreciates the support he has received from his friends, family, and colleagues over the last few days.  He in no way intended for law enforcement to search for his whereabouts.   He very much appreciates the concern and outpouring of support he has received from the community and looks forward to returning home to Texas in the next couple of days.  He sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this misunderstanding.”

Varnell was located Tuesday night in a hotel room in Lantana, Florida in good condition, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

Varnell, 43, disappeared Sunday after running a marathon in San Antonio, police said.

His family filed a missing person’s report on Monday after being unable to reach him. They last heard from him on Sunday evening, police said.

The Flower Mound Police Department sent two detectives to San Antonio to help police with the investigation but said that there is no evidence of foul play.

Lantana, Florida Police found Varnell in a hotel room after running license plates on vehicles parked at hotels in the area.

According to media reports, Varnell told the Florida police officer he wasn’t happy with his life and wanted to leave his job and friends and start over.

Varnell has been with the Flower Mound police department for 19 years.

Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel addressed the media about Varnell’s disappearance Wednesday morning at the Flower Mound Police Department.

“At this point, the situation is now a personnel matter and will be handled internally. Our main concern is that he is okay,” said Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel.

“We want to speak to our sergeant and find out what’s going on. We and his family are all very happy and relieved that he is okay,” said Kancel.

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