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They Found Her Car, Backpack. The Search Continues for Her

Kentucky woman Lucy Schuhmann vanished in Virgin Islands last week
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2019 9:40 AM CDT
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Lucy Schuhmann.   (NPS)

(Newser) – After a one-day break due to Tropical Storm Karen, the search is back on for a med-school grad from Kentucky who vanished in the Virgin Islands last week. NBC News notes 48-year-old Lucy Schuhmann was reported missing on Sept. 19 after her bags were found at a Coral Bay vacation rental on St. John when she didn't check out; her car was located in a parking lot at Virgin Islands National Park, and a backpack with her ID in it was discovered near a cliff's edge on the park's Ram Head Trail. A park spokesman says rescuers don't think Schuhmann fell off the cliff, as there are mostly rocks, not water, below—meaning a body likely would've been found by now.

Officials tell CNN that scuba divers, snorkelers, and the US Coast Guard have all joined in on the search along the island's southern shore. A rep for the Virgin Islands Police Department says a tip led to the search area being expanded to now include a body of water near a pond already searched on Monday. In a statement, the park describes the search area as being in "some of the most remote and rugged areas" of the park, with "very steep and thickly vegetated" terrain in "hot, wet, and humid" conditions. People notes a Facebook page has been set up to aid in the efforts to find her, and that her family has otherwise requested privacy. An NPS release describes Schuhmann as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. (Read more missing woman stories.)

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