The search for Annie Schmidt was suspended on Sunday evening, according to a press release from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. But according to a Facebook post by The Piano Guys, the search for Schmidt continues.
The decision to suspend the official search was made on Sunday night after three days of searching with no signs of the missing 21-year-old, the daughter of well-known pianist Jon Schmidt.
"For us, we take this as personal as those who are out searching from the family. The conditions aren't average, they are extreme out here," Marion County Sheriff Lieutenant Chad Gaidos told Portland's KATU.
Over 150 miles of the trail system in the Columbia River Gorge have been scoured in the three days since the search began.
"Unfortunately, we've looked everywhere that we feel like we can look safely, that are the trails, things like that," Mark Hornibrook, a local LDS Church leader, told KATU.
Schmidt's mother, Michelle, told Portland's KOIN 6 News on Saturday that she believes her daughter is no longer alive but that they hoped to find her body.
“I don’t think she’s still alive. I don’t think she’s survived,” Michelle Schmidt told KOIN. “Honestly, that brings me comfort knowing she is with her Heavenly Father, that she’s not hurting, that she’s not suffering. But we do want to find her body.”
The search will resume in the event that the Multnomah County Search and Rescue coordinators can "establish credible leads."
The search, which has been conducted using ground, air and K9 resources, has involved "Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel along with MCSO Trail Hornets and SAR resources from Washington County Sheriff's Office, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Hood River County Sheriff's Office, The FLIR Corporation and Portland Police Bureau air units, Pacific Northwest SAR, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave SAR, The Crag Rats, and Northern Oregon SAR," according to the press release.
The Schmidts have expressed gratitude for all of those who have offered their time, love and prayers. According to a video posted Sunday by KOIN 6, more than 300 volunteers came out to aid in the search over three days.
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