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Annie Schmidt, 21 and Paula Jean Welden 18

Post by redpill on Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:46 pm

in the news

Annie Schmidt, 21 went into an oregon forest to hike for fun and enjoyment. wrote:
Hiker’s mom: ‘I don’t think she’s survived’
Annie Schmidt, 21, was reported missing Wednesday

NEAR THE BONNEVILLE DAM, Ore. (KOIN) — The sixth day of a search for Annie Schmidt brought more than 150 volunteers to work with search-and-rescue crews near the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge.

Her parents, Michelle and Jon Schmidt, were among those searching for the 21-year-old hiker who recently moved to Portland from Utah. Michelle Schmidt, though, believes this is now a recovery mission.

“I don’t think she’s still alive. I don’t think she’s survived,” Michelle Schmidt told KOIN 6 News. “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.”

Annie is described by friends and family as an avid hiker, a musically gifted young woman. She moved to Portland from Salt Lake City after she got a job here.

She was last seen on October 16, and reported missing on Wednesday by her mother.  The 21-year-old’s car was found Thursday off exit 40 on I-84 EB near the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge. PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said her car appeared to have been broken into, but it’s unclear what was stolen.

so she entered a forest in Oregon, land of bigfoot, on Oct 16, 2016 and has not been seen.

other news reports state they attempted to find her using a combination of dogs, boats on rivers, repelling on cliffs, drones, helicopters, huge # of volunteers on the ground and walking trails.

i'm writing this as of 7pm oct 24, 2016 and she has not been found yet.

she may be alive or dead or hurt.

most current search

Search Suspended for Annie Schmidt in Oregon


Published 10/24 2016 05:45AM

Updated 10/24 2016 02:25PM
ALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - The search has been suspended for a missing Bountiful woman in Oregon.

Annie Schmidt, 21, is the daughter of well known Utah musician Jon Schmidt of "The Piano Guys."

Annie has been missing for more than a week. Search and rescue crews in the Columbia River Gorge had to suspend the search for Annie Schmidt Sunday.

Crews have covered over 150 miles looking for Schmidt and said the conditions are becoming too extreme.

Drones, dogs, heat sensing planes and rescue crews have all searched for Schmidt in the Columbia River Gorge.

Her father John Schmidt said, "If she got injured and is by a water source, she could still be alive."

Schmidt is an avid outdoors woman. Crews found her car at the Bonneville Dam near the Tooth Rock trail head.

Investigators said they knew she was there because of a Snap Chat.

"We think she got out of her car, and was gonna go for a short hike," said her father. "She was by herself."

Schmidt didn't take her normal hiking gear according to her roommate.

"I feel so horrible, I wish I knew more," said Annie Snyder.

Former Good4Utah employee Robin Saville went to Oregon to help with the search.

"I'm standing here with a guy right now that's gone hiking with her several times in Utah and uh, he said she was adventurous person, she loved the outdoors and loved the outdoors here," said Saville.

Her parents and church leaders are refusing to give up in hopes of finding her alive.

"There's so many lending love and support and we have faith that we will find her," said mother Michelle Schmidt.

Before suspending the search, crews spent time looking at more rugged terrain like cliffs in case Schmidt may have fallen.

"She could literally have fallen off one of the 20, 30 footers that are all over the trails," said Jon Schmidt.

The Multnomath County Sheriff's Office does not suspect foul play.

According to a press release coordinators made the decision to suspend the search effort pending new information or developments in the investigation.

The release states, "Search efforts will resume in the event [Multnomath County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue] Coordinators establish credible leads."

Schmidt was reported missing on October 19th but was last seen by her roommate Snyder on Sunday, October 16th, 2016.

Schmidt is described as a 21-year-old Caucasian woman. She is 5'4", 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Multnomath County Sheriff's Office or Detective Heidi Helwig at

apparently this news report states they are suspending the search for her at this time. 1 week doesn't sound very long, though they did use the most state of the art equipment

she or her family apparently are part of a church, and therefore christian.

so white woman age 21 enters a forest and despite intense search is never heard from again.


where have i heard this before?

wiki wrote:
Paula Jean Welden (born 1928, missing since December 1, 1946) was an American college student who disappeared while walking on Vermont's Long Trail hiking route, the scene of several other unexplained disappearances around this time. The local sheriffs were criticised for their poor investigation, and this led to the creation of the Vermont State Police.


Paula Welden was the eldest of four daughters of the well-known industrial engineer, architect and designer William Archibald Welden (1900–1970) and his wife Jean Douglas (b at Mount Kisco, New York, 1901–d. at Venice, Florida, 1976), née Wilson, of Brookdale Road, Stamford, Connecticut. Employed by the Revere Copper and Brass Company, W. Archibald Welden was the designer of many familiar household utensils, as well as stylish cocktail shakers and other objects.[1] Paula was a 1945 graduate of Stamford High School.[2]
Bennington College

In 1946, Welden was a sophomore at Bennington College in North Bennington, Vermont. Her college dormitory was Dewey House[citation needed], one of the older dormitories on the college grounds, and which remains to this day. She was an art major but, dissatisfied with the faculty and her progress, was contemplating changing her major[citation needed]; she had discovered a newfound love of botany[citation needed]. Welden was a typical student who was sorting out her own interests from those of her parents and was trying to expand her circle of friends[citation needed]. She and her roommate were quite close and both realized how dependent they were on one another for a social life[citation needed]. Paula started to befriend other students and became involved in square dancing and hiking with groups of friends from Bennington College and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts[citation needed].

Welden worked part-time at the dining hall in The Commons on campus and worked the lunch shift on Sunday, December 1[citation needed]. She decided to find and walk a portion of the Long Trail, a few miles from the campus. Paula knew of the famous trail but hadn't yet had an opportunity to hike it. She tried to get some other students to join her that day, but they were busy. Paula went by herself.[3][page needed]
Long Trail

After finishing her shift in the dining hall, Welden returned to her room and changed into walking clothes. Her clothing was adequate for the weather that afternoon but not for the anticipated drop in temperature that night. She packed no bag, took no extra clothing, and did not take any extra money. From all appearances, she did not expect to be gone more than a few hours. Welden walked down the campus driveway and hitched a ride from State Route 67A near the college entrance in North Bennington to a point on State Route 9 near the Furnace Bridge between downtown Bennington and Woodford Hollow. Local contractor Louis Knapp picked her up and drove her as far as his house on Route 9, about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from the Long Trail. From this point, Welden either hitchhiked or walked the rest of the way to the start of the Long Trail in Woodford Hollow.[3][page needed]

A group of hikers were walking down the trail as Welden was walking up. She approached them and asked them a few questions about the Long Trail. She continued walking in a northerly direction on the road portion of the trail now known as Harbour Road. Welden was on the Long Trail late in the afternoon and darkness was falling as she approached the end of Harbour Road. She may have continued into quickly darkening woods and it was presumed that she must have continued her Long Trail walk along the Bolles Brook valley, although there are no known confirmed sightings of her past the Fay Fuller Camp.[4]

Welden didn't return to campus. Her roommate thought she must have gone to the library to study for exams, but the next morning, Welden still hadn't returned. Once the college administrators were notified, they immediately started a search of the campus itself. The Bennington County State's Attorney was notified, and the county sheriff was brought in to help with the search. Over the next couple of days, her visit to the Long Trail was discovered when one of the hikers she had approached identified her from the photo in the Bennington Banner newspaper, where he worked.[5]

Weeks of searching ensued. The college closed for several days, and the students and faculty participated in organized searches. Hundreds of volunteers, family members, National Guard troops, students, and firefighters searched for her to no avail. Ground and air searches concentrated on the Long Trail up as far as Glastenbury Mountain (ten miles to the north), the trail's various branches, and along Vermont Route 9 from Bennington to Brattleboro. Most of those searching assumed Paula had gotten lost in the woods. When no clues were found as to her whereabouts, other theories started to be considered.[6]
Connecticut State Police investigation

Alternative theories speculated that she had been in unusually high spirits and had decided to run away to start a new life, was going to meet a secret lover and went off with him, or had become injured and suffered from amnesia.[7] Darker theories speculated that Paula was depressed and may have committed suicide, she might have been kidnapped or murdered.[8]

At the time of Paula's disappearance, there was no state police organization in Vermont, and the state's attorney, county sheriff and state investigator Almo Franzoni were responsible for the investigation. Paula's father pressed the investigators and the governor to bring in additional professional law enforcement help. Vermont's governor asked Connecticut's governor to lend assistance. Connecticut State Police detective Robert Rundle and state policewoman Dorothy Scoville were assigned to the case. They interviewed every person who saw, or thought they saw Paula, who lived along the route she took, or who were simply in the vicinity of the Long Trail on that December afternoon.

Investigators discovered that one of the last people to see Paula alive was a man who lived along Harbour Road. He was in the midst of an argument with his girlfriend when she walked by. The man stormed off in a jealous rage shortly thereafter and depending on different statements he made, he went to his shack and spent the evening by himself, or he drove his truck up the travel portion of the trail (where Paula was heading). He lied to police on several occasions and was a person of interest in 1946 and again in 1952 when the case was revisited. Reportedly, he told at least two people that he knew within a hundred feet where Paula was buried but later claimed it was just idle talk. When no evidence was found that a crime had actually been committed, no body was ever discovered, and no forensic clues were identified, this avenue of the investigation ended.[3][page needed][9][10]

The manner in which Paula's disappearance was handled was sharply criticized by Paula's father and many others.[11][12] He pointed out that the lack of a statewide law enforcement organization and the lack of training of local sheriffs contributed to a poorly run investigation.[11] Within seven months of Paula's disappearance, the Vermont legislature created the Vermont State Police.[13]
Other cases

In the same general area where Welden disappeared, at least four other unexplained vanishings were reported to have taken place between 1945 and 1950. Due to the strangeness of these events, Vermont broadcaster and author Joseph A. Citro dubbed the wilderness area northeast of Bennington "the Bennington Triangle" – a reference to unexplained disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.[14][15]
In literature

Author Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) was inspired by Welden's vanishing when she wrote her novel Hangsaman (1951), as indicated by Jackson's papers in the Library of Congress.[16] At the time of Welden's disappearance in 1946, Shirley Jackson was living in North Bennington, Vermont, where her husband was employed at Bennington College. Jackson's short story, "The Missing Girl", included in Just An Ordinary Day (the 1996 collection of her previously unpublished/uncollected short stories), also references the Welden case.[17]

Hillary Waugh's 1952 novel Last Seen Wearing... was based on Walden's disappearance.[18] This was mentioned in the January 26, 2014, Dick Tracy "Crimestoppers Textbook".

Paula Jean Welden was 18 when she entered a forest hiked down a trail and was never seen nor heard from again, her body was never recovered.

there is the bigfoot theory that Paula Jean Welden was abducted killed and even eaten by bigfoot

perhaps Annie Schmidt, 21  was also killed and eaten by bigfoot.

when i was a kid i wanted to find bigfoot but now i know it's probably not safe to go to a forest by yourself.

safety lesson: you may mysteriously disappear in a forest for reasons unknown.

Annie Schmidt, 21 and Paula Jean Welden 18 2 white females adult, entered a forest to hike and disappeared never to be seen or heard from again

Paula Jean Welden 18  missing since December 1, 1946
Annie Schmidt, 21 missing since October 16, 2016

almost exactly 70 years.

perhaps a portal to another dimension opens up in a forest every 70 years, just to abduct white females for their souls

in my imagination, Annie Schmidt, 21 and Paula Jean Welden 18 enter a forest to hike. they saw something that captured their attention, a glowing light. they approach the light and the light disappears. they continue walking the forest but they are lost, and nothing appears familiar, everything looks different. the light is different, colors different. sky is different, trees and animals look familiar but are different. they didn't know it at the time but they realize that they are now in a forest in an alternate dimension, trapped there forever. it looks like earth, but it's not. they are in another parallel universe. thats one of my biggest fears about entering and hiking into a forest. No

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Post by redpill on Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:34 pm

Body of missing ‘Piano Guys’ daughter Annie Schmidt found in Oregon, family says.

apparently she slipped and fell, no foul play

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