The search continues for Annie Schmidt, the 21-year-old daughter of Jon Schmidt, a popular LDS musician from the group The Piano Guys.
In an updated statement to Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City, the Schmidts release the full details of what they believe happened and what the next steps are.
Anna, who is called Annie by her family, is believed to have gone hiking alone near the Tooth Rock area in Portland, Oregon. She posted a photo to social media on Sunday, which showed her up in the mountains. By Tuesday, when Annie had failed to respond to messages or continue posting on social media, her family started to grow worried.
Luckily, Annie’s mother Michelle was planning on being in Oregon that Wednesday for a camping trip they had been planning for weeks. However, Michelle’s worry only grew when her daughter failed to pick her up at the airport. She got a rental car and went to Annie’s apartment where her roommate was shocked. She had assumed Annie and her mother had already started their camping trip.
The search began and police got a ping off Annie’s cell phone on Thursday. They found it in her car, which had been broken into and ransacked by the time they got to it. It was located near the Columbia River Gorge.
Since that time, the Schmidt family has traveled to the area and begun an extensive search.
Jon told a news crew in Portland, “I’m going up with my boys and just kind of got to go find our Annie.” He likened searching the large area of wilderness like finding a needle in a haystack.
Michelle told Fox13 News, “I’m sure there will be time for emotional breakdown and all of that, but right now is not the time.” However, she also mentioned, “I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive.”
The Schmidts are hoping to find someone who may have seen Annie while she was hiking on Sunday. They are encouraging everyone to share her photo on social media. For those outside of Portland, they ask for your prayers that they can find Annie safe and alive.
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