Search Continues in Shenandoah National Park for Missing Virginia Woman - NBC4 Washington

Search Continues in Shenandoah National Park for Missing Virginia Woman

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    A candlelight vigil was held for Nicole Mittendorff, a Fairfax County firefighter who's been missing since last week. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Monday, April 18, 2016)

    The search continues for a missing woman whose car was discovered at a national park in Virginia on Saturday. 

    Nicole Mittendorff, 31, was reported missing to police on Friday. Her 2009 Mini Cooper was found shortly before 8 p.m. the next day in a parking lot in Shenandoah National Park by a U.S. Park ranger. State police said Mittendorff was last in touch with her family Wednesday, April 13.

    Federal, state and volunteer search teams have spent the past few days searching the Shenandoah National Park for any signs of Mittendorff. Due to the rugged terrain, Virginia State Police said the search has to stop at sundown but will resume early in the morning.

    The search has focused on the area around the White Oak Canyon trail in Madison County.

    Appalachian Search and Rescue Team
    Photo credit: Virginia State Police

    Mittendorff is a career firefighter and paramedic for the Fairfax County Fire Department, a family member confirmed to News4. Her husband is a Virginia State Police employee, police said.

    There is currently no evidence to suggest anything suspicious about Mittendorff's disappearance, state police said.

     Her family has created a Facebook page and a website to help find her.

    She is described as a white woman with blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.