Dozens Join Search for Missing 21-Year-Old Hiker

'I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive,' Anna Schmidt's mom says
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2016 10:10 AM CDT
Dozens Join Search for Missing 21-Year-Old Hiker
Anna Schmidt, 21, disappeared while hiking in Oregon last Sunday.   (Portland Police Bureau via AP)

A worried family is searching for their 21-year-old daughter who disappeared while hiking in Oregon and hasn't been heard from since last Sunday, Fox 13 reports. “I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive," Michelle Schmidt says of her daughter Anna Schmidt. According to KPTV, Anna sent a Snapchat message to her father Jon Schmidt, a member of the band The Piano Guys, last Sunday saying she was hiking the Tooth Rock Trailhead area in the Columbia River Gorge. It seems that was the last anyone heard from Anna. "Monday I didn't see any posts or snaps or anything like that, which is really unusual because she posts everyday,” Michelle says. Anna also didn't return texts, failed to pick her mom up at the airport, and hadn't been seen by her roommate.

Anna was reported missing Wednesday, and police found her car near the trailhead. Anna, an avid hiker, had recently purchased a new tent and backpack, but her camping gear and phone were still in the car when police found it, KGW reports. Jon believes his daughter went hiking last Sunday on a whim. "She definitely is the type of person who would pull over, see something beautiful, and just go," he tells KPTV. “Annie is really adventuresome," Michelle tells Fox. "She just goes and does all sorts of things." Police say there are no signs of foul play, and they don't believe Anna was suicidal. Authorities fear she is injured or lost. By Friday afternoon, nearly 100 volunteers, family, and friends were searching the Columbia River Gorge for her. (Read more missing woman stories.)

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