Search Suspended for Annie Schmidt in Oregon

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – The search has been suspended for a missing Bountiful woman in Oregon. 

Annie Schmidt, 21, is the daughter of well known Utah musician Jon Schmidt of “The Piano Guys.”

Annie has been missing for more than a week. Search and rescue crews in the Columbia River Gorge had to suspend the search for Annie Schmidt Sunday. 

Crews have covered over 150 miles looking for Schmidt and said the conditions are becoming too extreme. 

Drones, dogs, heat sensing planes and rescue crews have all searched for Schmidt in the Columbia River Gorge. 

Her father John Schmidt said, “If she got injured and is by a water source, she could still be alive.”

Schmidt is an avid outdoors woman. Crews found her car at the Bonneville Dam near the Tooth Rock trail head. 

Investigators said they knew she was there because of a Snap Chat. 

“We think she got out of her car, and was gonna go for a short hike,” said her father. “She was by herself.”

Schmidt didn’t take her normal hiking gear according to her roommate.

“I feel so horrible, I wish I knew more,” said Annie Snyder.

Former Good4Utah employee Robin Saville went to Oregon to help with the search.

“I’m standing here with a guy right now that’s gone hiking with her several times in Utah and uh, he said she was adventurous person, she loved the outdoors and loved the outdoors here,” said Saville.

Her parents and church leaders are refusing to give up in hopes of finding her alive.

“There’s so many lending love and support and we have faith that we will find her,” said mother Michelle Schmidt. 

Before suspending the search, crews spent time looking at more rugged terrain like cliffs in case Schmidt may have fallen.

“She could literally have fallen off one of the 20, 30 footers that are all over the trails,” said Jon Schmidt.

The Multnomath County Sheriff’s Office does not suspect foul play. 

According to a press release coordinators made the decision to suspend the search effort pending new information or developments in the investigation. 

The release states, “Search efforts will resume in the event [Multnomath County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue] Coordinators establish credible leads.”

Schmidt was reported missing on October 19th but was last seen by her roommate Snyder on Sunday, October 16th, 2016.

Schmidt is described as a 21-year-old Caucasian woman. She is 5’4″, 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Multnomath County Sheriff’s Office or Detective Heidi Helwig at heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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