Family writes: ‘We were not able to find Annie’

Annie Schmidt was last seen October 16

Annie Schmidt in an undated photo posted by her parents on Facebook, October 27, 2016
Annie Schmidt in an undated photo posted by her parents on Facebook, October 27, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The family of Annie Schmidt, the 21-year-old hiker who went missing in the Columbia River Gorge October 16, said they have discontinued their search.

For days, an official search effort was coordinated with help from more than 150 volunteers. But on October 23, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said they would resume a search if a credible lead was developed.

For a few days after, friends and family continued to look for Annie. Now, her father, Jon Schmidt, wrote, “We wish we had better news. We were not able to find Annie.”

Annie Schmidt in an undated photo provided by her family, October 22, 2016
Annie Schmidt in an undated photo provided by her family, October 22, 2016

The search, he wrote, “is being discontinued at this time in consideration of the health and well-being of everyone involved.”

Her mother, Michelle, wrote:

“We have been unable to find our sweet daughter’s body at this time. But these things we know. We know that Heavenly Father has heard the countless prayers and combined faith exercised by people literally all over the world. We know He has heard us, and if He choses to not show us where to find her, then we trust that there is a purpose in this. …”

Annie Schmidt recently moved to Portland from Salt Lake City. She was last seen on October 16 and reported missing on October 19. Her car was found off exit 40 on Interstate 84 near the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge.

Lt. Chad Gaidos with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the last ping from Schmidt’s cellphone came near the Toothrock Trailhead. On Sunday, the search resumed.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Lake Oswego. That church led the volunteer search efforts.

Annie Schmidt in an undated photo provided by her family, October 22, 2016
Annie Schmidt in an undated photo provided by her family, October 22, 2016