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Missing Gorge hiker likely didn’t have camping gear

Missing Gorge hiker likely didn’t have camping gear


THE TEACHER WHO LATER RESIGNED, AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO OUR REQUESTS FOR COMMENT. NEW DETAILS UNFOLDING FROM THE MISSING HIKER SEARCH AT THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE. WE’VE LEARNED FROM THE HIKER’S ROOMMATE THAT ANNIE SCHMIDT, LIKELY DID NOT HAVE HER CAMPING GEAR WITH HER. THIS NEW INFORMATION MORE CONCERNING NOW, AS WE ENTER DAY SEVEN SINCE SHE WAS LAST SEEN. EILEEN PARK HAS THE LATEST. SHE WAS REALLY HAPPY THAT MORNING. SHE SAID, “DUDE, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. I LOVE OUR APARTMENT. I LOVE LIVING IN PORTLAND.” EILEEN: ANNIE SNYDER IS ANNIE SCHMIDT’S ROOMMATE. AND SHE’S BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE VERY LAST CONVERSATION SHE HAD WITH THE MISSING 21-YEAR-OLD HIKER OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SHE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING. SHE WASN’T LIKE “I’M GOING HIKING TODAY.” SHE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING LIKE THAT. SHE JUST SAID, “DO YOU WANT TO HANG OUT?” I SAID I COULDN’T EILEEN: NOW, IT’S BEEN A WEEK SINCE SHE LAST SAW HER. THE MASSIVE SEARCH AROUND THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, COMING TO A CRITICAL POINT. THERE’S ALWAYS A CHANCE THAT SOMEONE CAN SURVIVE. EILEEN: LIEUTENANT CHAD GAIDOS SAYS, THE LAST PING FROM ANNIE SCHMIDT’S CELLPHONE CAME NEAR THE TOOTHROCK TRAILHEAD. TODAY, THE SEARCH RESUMED. IT’S GOING OVER TRAILS, OVER AND OVER AGAIN. ACCORDING TO HER ROOMMATE – ANNIE RECENTLY BOUGHT A TENT TO GET READY FOR A CAMPING TRIP SHE WAS GOING TO GO ON, WITH HER MOTHER, MICHELLE, THIS PAST WEEK. BUT SHE SAYS THAT TENT WASN’T SHIPPED YET. SHE DOESN’T HAVE HER CAMPING GEAR. EILEEN: BISHOP TERRY CLARK SAYS SHE KNEW ANNIE WELL. THE MISSING HIKER WAS A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LATTER DAY SAINTS IN LAKE OSWEGO. THAT CHURCH HAS BEEN LEADING THE VOLUNTEER SEARCH EFFORTS. IT WAS A SHOCK. IT STILL IS. CLARK SAYS THEY’VE HAD MORE THAN 300 VOLUNTEERS HIKE THE GORGE IN THE LAST THREE DAYS. WE JUST WALKED UP THE CREEKS. WE’RE GOING CHEST DEEP, WADING, WALKING, LOOKING TO SEE IF SHE’S FALLEN IN THE CREEK. TRAPPED UNDER A ROCK OR WEDGED BEHIND A LOG. EILEEN: ANNIE’S ROOMMATE SHOWED ME THE LAST TEXT SHE RECEIVED FROM HER, A TEXT SHE KEEPS LOOKING AT. THE LAST MOMENTS OF SEEING HER FACE SOMETHING SHE CAN’T STOP , REPLAYING IN HER MIND. SHE WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. SHE’S A WONDERFUL ROOMMATE. JUST A WONDERFUL PERSON. I REALLY FEEL FOR HER FAMILY. ANNIE IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAS A LOT OF CLOSE FRIENDS. A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT LOVE HER.

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