OREGON — Several weeks after Annie Schmidt was reported missing in Oregon, family members said Saturday her remains have been found near the bottom of a cliff.
Annie Schmidt, the daughter of The Piano Guys member Jon Schmidt, disappeared after going hiking in Oregon in October. The woman had recently moved from Utah to Oregon.
Saturday Annie’s father, Jon Schmidt, posted in the group Find Annie Schmidt to say a medical examiner has informed them they have positively identified the human remains found Friday as Annie.
The cause of death was determined to be accidental, according to Schmidt’s post.
“You have lived this trial with us and we pray that this may bring a greater level of resolution and peace for all of us,” Jon Schmidt stated.
Friday night, dog teams located human remains below Munra Point, and while a medical examiner had not yet confirmed the identity at that point, family members said items belonging to Annie were also found.
“We can positively identify the clothing and personal items found at the site as belonging to Annie,” Schmidt stated in part on Friday.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office stated they were notified of the discovery of human remains around 11 a.m. Friday, and they said the body was found off of a trail near the Tooth Rock Trailhead in Columbia River Gorge, which is the same area Annie was reported to be hiking in.
Search and Rescue worked through the afternoon to recover the remains, which were turned over to a medical examiner for identification.
Jon Schmidt expressed gratitude Friday for all of the support they have received since Annie went missing:
“We wanted each and every one of you who are special beyond words to us to hear it first.
There is no way to thank our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ for the support we have felt through you. You have searched with us, prayed with us, hoped with us, fasted with us, supported us and sacrificed for us. We thank you from the very bottom of our hearts!!!!
Much much love!”
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