Missing Flower Mound Cop Turns Up at a Florida Motel, Plans to Start a New Life

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Jeremy Varnell
Jeremy Varnell's family didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when the Flower Mound police sergeant left town to run in Sunday's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Antonio. The friends he dined with after the race didn't either.

The first hint that something might be wrong came the next morning when he failed to show up for breakfast. He wasn't at his hotel, either, and his Ford Focus had disappeared from the parking lot, though his clothes and personal effects were found inside his room. Calls to his cell phone went unanswered

Police issued a missing person's alert on Tuesday after Varnell, a dependable, 19-year veteran of the Flower Mound police force, didn't show up for work. His photo and a description of his car were all over the local news.

"We are just very concerned for his well-being," Flower Mound police Captain Wess Griffin told NBC 5 last night. "He's a super-loyal employee and a great guy."

The search lasted less than 24 hours. According to reports, a police officer in Lantana, Florida, was randomly checking license plate in a local motel parking lot at about 6 o'clock this morning when he discovered that the owner of the blue Ford Focus with Texas plates had been reported missing.

There was no one at the hotel registered under the name of Jeremy Varnell, but there was someone with a Texas address named Jack Lawson. When the Florida cop knocked on the door of his unit, it was answered by Varnell, who admitted that he'd checked in under a fake name.

According to CBS 11, he told the officer that he was unhappy with his life in Texas and wanted to start over. So, he'd skipped town and booked a hotel room with a man he'd met online a month ago.

Officials have released few details about his family life. His Facebook profile gives no suggestion that he has children.

In a news conference today, Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel confirmed that Varnell was safe and that the case is now being treated as a personnel matter. For the time being at least, it appears that Varnell is still in Florida.

So, case closed. Mystery solved. There's only one question that remains unaddressed: Is Varnell any good at running marathons?

Luckily, WFAA is on it:

According to race results, Varnell finished the marathon about 1:25 p.m., after running for five hours, 55 minutes and 44 seconds. He placed 2,075 out of 2,622 entrants.

Six hours is a lot of time to think.

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38 comments
ryan762
ryan762

When I heard he was in Lantana, Florida, I just assumed he got lost going back to the Flower Mound area (and was really, really stupid).

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

He didnt do anything any other good family man would have done. Skipped out on loved ones, work, friends.... He obviously has issues beyond under training for a marathon! As a Flower Mound citizen - I would not want him patrolling the streets anymore. - too unstable ! He will fit right in should he stay in Florida!

matt
matt

are you allowed to "randomly" check plates like that? i feel like that is some kind of invasion of privacy

shawn4848
shawn4848

another sorry excuse for a man and he's a disgusting  pole smoker to boot...

JKTex
JKTex

LOL  Hater's gonna hate I suppose.  The story is about a Police Officer and has nothing to do with Flower Mound except that he was/is employed by the Town.

bompins
bompins

@jamessavik Flower Mound isn't all it's cracked up to be.  The schools are supposed to be "exemplary" but the cliques and bullying are just as bad there as many other upper middle class areas.  Within the last 5 years there have been quite a handful of tragic deaths of teenagers there.

jamessavik
jamessavik

I wished that I lived in a place as nice as Flower Mound. You folks in DFW don't know how good you have it.


tlewis186
tlewis186

Sounds like Jeremy want to become Jeri?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I can see running away from Flower Mound, but to Florida?

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Sounds like a good guy. Hope he finds what he's looking for

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Stroke from the run.

meganjerai
meganjerai

So, uh, how about he had just said to his family..."uuuh, I'm unhappy with my life in Texas and want to start over."?

texasmedic
texasmedic

".....he was unhappy with his life in Texas and wanted to start over. So, he'd skipped town and booked a hotel room with a man he'd met online a month ago."   

Well.  Alrighty then.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

"So, he'd skipped town and booked a hotel room with a man he'd met online a month ago."

Uh, any possibility we could just let sleeping dogs lie on this one?

DfDubber
DfDubber

he got lost allright, in the deep dark thunder tunnel of love! lmao

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

@matt That is among the least intrusive invasions of privacy that I've heard of recently.  

DfDubber
DfDubber

Late night FlowerMound plumber

DfDubber
DfDubber

the truth aint hate, unless ya'll be plumbin together a few times

commando678
commando678

@bompins @jamessavik LOL absolutely growing up in flower mound was the most interesting experience by far. The kids are just one thing, the police, the politics, extremely conservative, the people.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

5 years?  Hell its been that way since FM Marcus opened over there.  I know, I went to school at its top rival in the 90's

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Florida has the nation's best beaches and great fresh & saltwater fishing. What a great place to run to.

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

@holmantx You do know that you're commenting on the Dallas Observer, right?

matt
matt

@mcdallas @matt i guess when you are looking at this comparatively, then again maybe i worded that wrong. im not really too concerned about it, but i just feel that there's something wrong with randomly running plates in a parking lot

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mcdallas @holmantx 

Whaaa?

This isn't the Dallas Morning News?

OMG!

This isn't a Christian board moderated by Mr. McKenzie or the All Aggies ALL the Time blog dogmatically policed by Mr. Landauer?

oh well.

I never could differentiate between the DMN Ed Board and a pack of winged monkeys led by the babe on a stick.

only teasing, of course, because I know they are listening

jamessavik
jamessavik

@TheCredibleHulk @jamessavik @Daniel  

Sad to say, Pizza Slut is probably one of the better paid job in these parts.

I go to DFW twice a year to visit relatives and every time it gets harder to come back to this god awful place

Brian Nesbitt
Brian Nesbitt

@tlewis186 @markzero just because a man wants to be with a man doesn't mean he wants to be a woman.  welcome to the 21st century.  you probably won't enjoy it here as gays are now considered people (in some states) and women are allowed to vote.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mcdallas @holmantx 

Nothing wrong with the mentality over there that strong laxative wouldn't cure.

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

@holmantx Now you're in big trouble, mister.  I hear some almost-curse words coming your way, gosh dang it.

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