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Search crews 'hoping for a miracle' in finding Annie Schmidt; ABC News provides update

Well-known pianist Jon Schmidt speaks with the media regarding the disappearance of his 21-year-old daughter, Annie.
Well-known pianist Jon Schmidt speaks with the media regarding the disappearance of his 21-year-old daughter, Annie.
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On Sunday, search efforts to find Annie Schmidt, 21-year-old daughter of well-known pianist Jon Schmidt of “Piano Guys,” continue, according to ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Search teams and people throughout the world who are praying for Annie Schmidt are “hoping for a miracle,” ABC's Adrienne Bankert said.

Annie Schmidt was last seen one week ago. Her family didn’t realize she was missing until her mom, Michelle Schmidt, flew into Portland for a planned mother-daughter camping trip on Wednesday. As Good Morning America reports, her car was found with her phone and belongings still inside. Her shoes, backpack and regular hiking gear were left at home.

“If she got injured and is by a water source, she could still be alive,” her father, Jon Schmidt, told ABC.

Schmidt also said that the family believes she intended to go on a short hike.

The search party is combating days of rainstorms that could possibly wipe out trails. In addition to the rain, the Columbia River Gorge area, where Annie’s car was found, has several cliffs, leaving family members concerned that she may have fallen into the gorge.

Drones, dogs and many people, some flying in from Utah, are engaged in the search.

“There are so many people lending love and support and we have faith that we will find her,” Michelle Schmidt said.

Jon Schmidt and The Piano Guys have taken to Facebook, asking fans and followers to help with the search.

Friends, I need your help. My daughter, Annie, went missing this week. We are searching in the "tooth rock" area of...

Posted by Jon Schmidt on Friday, October 21, 2016

Email: mjones@deseretdigital.com