Piano Guys’ ‘Search for Annie’ continues; group seeks help of fans, faithful this weekend

Annie Schmidt. Photo: Facebook/Remembering Annie Schmidt

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Nov. 5, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The St. George musical group The Piano Guys is asking fans for help this weekend in the ongoing search for pianist Jon’s Schmidt’s missing daughter, Annie.

The strategy is three-pronged:

• The search continues at the Columbia Gorge, in Portland, Ore., where 21-year-old Schmidt was last seen on Oct. 16, and where her car was found. A professional search and rescue group will use dogs and sonar in the search. A previous search by volunteers was called off late last month.

• Annie’s parents, Jon and Michelle Schmidt, are asking supporters to share their daughter’s missing person flier in a social media blitz.

• And the Schmidts, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are asking others who believe in the power of faith to fast and pray on Annie’s behalf this Sunday.

Read the full request, posed on The Piano Guys Facebook page and signed by Annie’s parents, below:

Dear friends, Our intense search for our sweet Annie continues with great hope. Every thought and each day is filled with the expectation of the miracle that we will find her! We are thankful for everyone that is concerned, praying and helping. In that spirit we offer this update on the search for Annie and an invitation for you to participate on Sunday November 6th.

1. The water and mountain areas adjacent to Annie’s car continue to be searched by county search and rescue (including sonar and dog search).

2. We have contacted private entities to supplement the county SAR efforts.

3. Damon Talbot with Destiny Search Project has been incredible in organizing ongoing search efforts on the “Find Annie Schmidt” public face book group.
They have organized a social media blitz for this weekend (see link at the very bottom). Please join the group at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/findannie/

4. Ongoing investigation by the Portland Police Department.

5. [Day of prayer and fasting to find Annie].
To all who desire, we ask you to participate with us in a day of fasting and prayer this Sunday November 6th. The Schmidts will conclude our fast at 5:00 pm mountain time Sunday. We invite everyone, wherever you are, to unite with us by offering your own private prayer with us at that same time. We will be asking our Heavenly Father to lead us to find Annie and to give each and everyone of us a feeling of peace that she is in God’s care. We have faith that “the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3) will hear and answer our united prayer.

Please know of our love and appreciation for all of you! We feel your support, love and faith so strongly at this time!


Jon and Michelle Schmidt #FindAnnie


Search for Annie poster. Image: Facebook/The Piano Guys
Search for Annie poster Image FacebookThe Piano Guys


  1. Dear Gerhard Daily Staff,

    I am writing in regards to the article posted on November 5th about the Annie Schmidt social media blitz. In this article the following statement is made:

    “presumably in case Annie was taken or left the area of her car for an unknown reason, and may still be alive”

    This is a completely inaccurate portrayal and interpretation of the message by the Schmidt family. The family and law enforcement do not believe in any way this was an abduction.

    The social media blitz was created and organized by Destiny Search Project as way for the community, family, friends and others to show support for the family and to keep her story in the media for those that may be spending a final week or two hiking in that area.

    As such we are asking you to retract that statement as it is inaccurate and not the feeling, thoughts, or statement issued by the family.

    ⁣​⁣Damon Talbot
    President, Director of Operations
    Destiny Search Project​

  2. Can somebody explain how and why the family insists this was not an abduction case? There’s a similar story this week of a woman out jogging who simply disappeared in Northern California. Why are they so insistent that this can’t possibly be an abduction case? I mean, wasn’t her car found in the parking lot of that hiking trail with it’s window shattered out? Are they afraid if it’s labeled a possible abduction that people will stop searching in the mountains nearby? That would make sense, I guess, but then nobody would be looking for her in other locations where she could be alive and in trouble.

    Whatever the case, I certainly hope and pray they find her.


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