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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Chief Bowers: "... we continue to extend our thoughts and prayers to Nicole’s friends and family"
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:33PM



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http://www.find-nicole.com


https://www.facebook.com/FindNicoleNow



http://wtop.com/virginia/2016/04/remains-found-during-hunt-for-missing-firefighter-search-halted/



11:09 pm, April 21, 2016
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The body discovered in Shenandoah National Park on Thursday afternoon is believed to be that of a missing Fairfax County firefighter, Virginia State Police say.

The family of 31-year-old Nicole Mittendorff also says they believe the remains found not far from the trailhead are Mittendorff’s.

The female remains were found at about 2 p.m. by a search team more than a mile from the Whiteoak Canyon Trail parking area, where her car was located last weekend. Mittendorff was reported missing last Friday. Investigators say they found a suicide note inside Mittendorff’s car, but no cause of death has been determined so far.

The park service and the Virginia State Police said that the search for Mittendorff has been suspended and the scene where the remains were found was being processed for evidence. They say no positive identification has been made, but the body has been transported for an autopsy. However, Mittendorf’s family has posted on the Facebook page to help find Nicole.




Mittendorf’s sister, Jennifer Clardy Chalmers, issued the following statement to WTOP:

Our hearts are broken. We believe that Nicole has been found and is finally coming home, however not in the way we anticipated. This is not the positive outcome that we continued to hope and pray for over the past week. It has been a challenging time for everyone and we learned that there is an amazing community spanning the entire globe, full of love and support. It was this community that helped sustain us. We heard from and received assistance from dear old friends, strangers and everyone in between. Thank you to those who took time away from their own families to let us be with ours.

We wish to especially thank the Virginia State Police, National Park Service and the numerous agencies that used every resource at their disposal during our search for Nicole.
We thank everyone for their time, dedication and support in our search to find Nicole and ask that you keep our family in your prayers in the challenging days ahead.



Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers said in a statement Thursday night that he and his department are “profoundly saddened” by the news.

“I, along with the men and women of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, are profoundly saddened to learn that the body found earlier today in the Shenandoah National Park is thought to be that of Firefighter-Paramedic Nicole Mittendorff. As we wait for further information, we continue to extend our thoughts and prayers to Nicole’s friends and family.”

Investigators were reviewing Mittendorff’s cellphone records, hoping to learn where she was and what she was doing before her disappearance. Mittendorff called in sick for work last week Wednesday, the last day her family heard from her. She sent a text message to her father at 10:50 a.m. that day.

The remains were located about 330 yards off the trail in what the park service described as “treacherous rocky terrain.”

The remote area of the park where the search has focused is more than 70 miles from Mittendorff’s Woodbridge home.

Multiple trails and areas of the park have been closed as teams of search crews combed the park by land and air during the past few days. Multiple agencies have been involved in the search, including Fairfax County Fire & Rescue. Mittendorff works for the county agency and is based at a fire station in Burke.





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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax woman after car found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:37PM

http://wtop.com/prince-william-county/2016/04/woman-31-reported-missing-from-woodbridge-car-found-in-shenandoah-national-park/




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Virginia State Police are searching for a missing Woodbridge, Virginia, woman who hasn’t been seen since Wednesday, though her car was found Saturday — miles away in Shenandoah National Park.

Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, is a career firefighter and paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire Department. She was reported missing to the police on Friday after she failed to show up for shift changeover Friday morning.

Her 2009 Mini Cooper was found abandoned at around 8 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the park in Madison County, Virginia State Police said in a police release Sunday morning.

State police did not immediately respond to a request for comment when reached by phone Sunday.


Mittendorff’s family has said on social media postings that she “is extremely dedicated to her job.”

Her last contact was via text messages about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to a FindNicoleNow Facebook page set up by her loved ones. She is described as a white female with blond hair and green eyes. She is 5-feet, 6-inches tall, and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

State police and U.S. Park Police spent Saturday night searching by ground and air for her whereabouts, and efforts continued into Sunday, according to the release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone, or call 911 or send an email to questions@vsp.virginia.gov







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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax woman after car found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:43PM



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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:46PM

https://missingpersonsofamerica.com/2016/04/17/fairfax-firefighter-missing-car-found-at-national-park/





Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, has been missing since Wed. April 13, 2016 from Woodbridge, Va. Mittendorff is a firefighter and paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire Department. Her car a 2009 Mini Copper was found Saturday in the Shenandoah National Park in a parking lot at the park in Madison County reports WTOP news.

Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, is a career firefighter and paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire Department. She was to report to work on Friday for her shift but she did not show up. Her last contact was via text messages about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to a FindNicole Facebook page.

She is 5'6" tall, 125 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026.



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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax woman after car found abandoned at national park
Posted by: =(( sad ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:47PM

Hopefully she just got lost hiking and is ok. Unfortunately knowing Woodbridge she was probably abducted at gunpoint. This reminds me of that MS-13 case awhile back. I hope they find her alive but this reeks of a bad ending.

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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:49PM

https://m.facebook.com/FindNicoleNow



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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
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Date: April 17, 2016 09:52PM


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Date: April 17, 2016 09:54PM


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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: What section ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:56PM

What trail /area?

Was planning to hike a trail there this week....

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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax woman after car found abandoned at national park
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Date: April 17, 2016 10:02PM

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Date: April 17, 2016 10:11PM


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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:12PM

What section Wrote:
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> What trail /area?
>
> Was planning to hike a trail there this week....


Police DO NOT want people looking for her since doing so would contaminate their search efforts

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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
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Date: April 17, 2016 10:14PM


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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: sorry to hear this ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:14PM

I hope they find her safe soon. The details that are emerging sound very worrying.

I can't imagine a young woman choosing to go on a remote trail like that without even letting her husband know where she was going. I guess it's possible that she didn't mention it because she didn't want to be nagged about it.

I do hope they find her safe soon. Praying for her family.

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Re: Va. police seek Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
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Date: April 17, 2016 10:17PM


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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Tis the season for bears ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:37PM

Bear attack?

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:46PM

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Hiker ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:49PM

I read where her car was found at White Oak Canyon. Used to hike there and it's well traveled. I did venture off one day on a fire trail and encountered a couple bears. There have also been mountain lion sightings in the area

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:51PM

Hiker Wrote:
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> I read where her car was found at White Oak
> Canyon. Used to hike there and it's well
> traveled. I did venture off one day on a fire
> trail and encountered a couple bears. There have
> also been mountain lion sightings in the area


No

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Why so sure ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:54PM

Fox News Wrote:
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> Hiker Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I read where her car was found at White Oak
> > Canyon. Used to hike there and it's well
> > traveled. I did venture off one day on a fire
> > trail and encountered a couple bears. There
> have
> > also been mountain lion sightings in the area
>
>
> No

Please explain the no
You seem certain
She could have gotten between a mom and cubs

Or is there more to the story that we don't know

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Hiker ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:07PM

Really? Read the Post?


A car belonging to a missing 31-year-old Woodbridge woman was found in a remote area of the Shenandoah National Park over the weekend, but the search continues for the avid runner and tri-athlete who family members said might have been in the park to use a running trail.

Virginia State Police discovered Nicole K. Mittendorff’s 2009 Mini Cooper parked near the White Oak Canyon Trail — close to Old Rag — on Saturday night, said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the state police. But there has been no other sign of Mittendorff since the middle of last week. Family members reported Mittendorff missing Friday after she didn’t show up for a morning shift at her job, which was highly unusual for her.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: time for truth ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:10PM

The family wants all available resources used to find her.
The best way to accomplish this is to suggest that she was somehow abducted or harmed.

If she wasn't a FC firefighter nobody would be out looking for her except her family.

Sucks that she gets special treatment while teenage girls go missing all the time without these resources.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News is an idiot ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:11PM

I think Fox News is retarded. All he does is post numerous similar pictures and then follows them up with 'No'.

What a fucking idiot.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Not getting it ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:16PM

Hiker Wrote:
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> Really? Read the Post?
>
>
> A car belonging to a missing 31-year-old
> Woodbridge woman was found in a remote area of the
> Shenandoah National Park over the weekend, but the
> search continues for the avid runner and
> tri-athlete who family members said might have
> been in the park to use a running trail.
>
> Virginia State Police discovered Nicole K.
> Mittendorff’s 2009 Mini Cooper parked near the
> White Oak Canyon Trail — close to Old Rag — on
> Saturday night, said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman
> for the state police. But there has been no other
> sign of Mittendorff since the middle of last week.
> Family members reported Mittendorff missing Friday
> after she didn’t show up for a morning shift at
> her job, which was highly unusual for her.


White oak is well visited and IMO not remote
Not the best place in snp to ditch a body

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: You got it right ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:19PM

Fox News is an idiot Wrote:
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> I think Fox News is retarded. All he does is post
> numerous similar pictures and then follows them up
> with 'No'.
>
> What a fucking idiot.


Yep no response to why he states no

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Hiker ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:24PM

I think Fox News is retarded. All he does is post numerous similar pictures and then follows them up with 'No'.

What a fucking idiot.

Agreed!!!!

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Hgggggg ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:25PM

time for truth Wrote:
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> The family wants all available resources used to
> find her.
> The best way to accomplish this is to suggest that
> she was somehow abducted or harmed.
>
> If she wasn't a FC firefighter nobody would be out
> looking for her except her family.
>
> Sucks that she gets special treatment while
> teenage girls go missing all the time without
> these resources.




Heather Graham.



Your argument is now invalid.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Troopers Know Something ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:46PM

Very strange police don't want volunteers because it might "contaminate an area." Never heard of that one. Sounds like police know something they are not telling.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:01AM

Troopers Know Something Wrote:
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> Very strange police don't want volunteers because
> it might "contaminate an area." Never heard of
> that one. Sounds like police know something they
> are not telling.


They dont want volunteers getting lost, eaten by bears, having heart attacks due to obesity, etc

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:04AM

You got it right Wrote:
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> Fox News is an idiot Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I think Fox News is retarded. All he does is
> post
> > numerous similar pictures and then follows them
> up
> > with 'No'.
> >
> > What a fucking idiot.
>
>
> Yep no response to why he states no


NO!!!!!!!!

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:04AM

Hiker Wrote:
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> I think Fox News is retarded. All he does is post
> numerous similar pictures and then follows them up
> with 'No'.
>
> What a fucking idiot.
>
> Agreed!!!!



NO!!!!!!!!

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: OP of the original thread ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:12AM

Yeah, a whole lot of nothing new.

What a waste of bandwidth.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: GtMDt ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:14AM

Just curious, I hope she is ok and found.

Why would anyone click the "Like" button on facebook for this?

Does it spread the word to others? What use is it to click "Like"?

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:07AM

GtMDt Wrote:
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> Just curious, I hope she is ok and found.
>
> Why would anyone click the "Like" button on
> facebook for this?
>
> Does it spread the word to others? What use is it
> to click "Like"?


Clicking like would say you want her to be found and for others to be aware of the situation

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: xTYFN ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:31AM

Fox News Wrote:
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> GtMDt Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Just curious, I hope she is ok and found.
> >
> > Why would anyone click the "Like" button on
> > facebook for this?
> >
> > Does it spread the word to others? What use is
> it
> > to click "Like"?
>
>
> Clicking like would say you want her to be found
> and for others to be aware of the situation


I get the idea, but besides some lazy way to say "you want her to be found". what does it do? Does it forward the info to others, create awareness somehow?

Seems weird to "Like" that a person is missing or that people are trying to find her.

Just seems so self-absorbed to click "Like", like it is now some social necessity.

I "Like" that we need to search for a missing person or I "Like" that people are searching for a missing person.

I think the whole clicking "Like" on things is childish as is, but if there is a setting to turn off the "Likes", seems situations like this one are where it is needed.

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Re: Car of missing Fairfax County firefighter found abandoned in national park; search suspended
Posted by: Interesting Details ()
Date: April 18, 2016 03:30AM

They say her last texts were at 1050 on the 13th of April, and have her missing at 1100, 13 April.

WHAT WAS SHE TEXTING AT 1050? was she in distress? Was it just a normal text? Where was she at 1050 when she was texting? Cell towers would ping near that location.

I pray they find her alive and well. If they decide they need volunteers to help search, I am sure many people will do whatever they can to help her and her family...pray.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: nice try ()
Date: April 18, 2016 08:47AM

Heather Graham case had video which prompted the manhunt.
This is a 31 year old woman.
Go to missing and exploited website to read the profiles of missing teenagers you have never heard of

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Re: Car of missing Fairfax County firefighter found abandoned in national park; search suspended
Posted by: not sure but.. ()
Date: April 18, 2016 09:07AM

Don't they (missing adults) generally have to be missing for a certain amount of time before the police get involved? That might explain why it took a couple of days for her to be reported missing..

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Re: Car of missing Fairfax County firefighter found abandoned in national park; search suspended
Posted by: 6dN9n ()
Date: April 18, 2016 09:39AM

I used to trail run while doing Old Rag, until I almost ran into a bear on the way down. I don't do that anymore..

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 09:45AM

xTYFN Wrote:
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> Fox News Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > GtMDt Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Just curious, I hope she is ok and found.
> > >
> > > Why would anyone click the "Like" button on
> > > facebook for this?
> > >
> > > Does it spread the word to others? What use
> is
> > it
> > > to click "Like"?
> >
> >
> > Clicking like would say you want her to be
> found
> > and for others to be aware of the situation
>
>
> I get the idea, but besides some lazy way to say
> "you want her to be found". what does it do? Does
> it forward the info to others, create awareness
> somehow?
>
> Seems weird to "Like" that a person is missing or
> that people are trying to find her.
>
> Just seems so self-absorbed to click "Like", like
> it is now some social necessity.
>
> I "Like" that we need to search for a missing
> person or I "Like" that people are searching for a
> missing person.
>
> I think the whole clicking "Like" on things is
> childish as is, but if there is a setting to turn
> off the "Likes", seems situations like this one
> are where it is needed.


What would you suggest then? Facebook doesnt offer any alternatives besides the like button.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 10:10AM

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/18/search-on-for-missing-virginia-woman-after-abandoned-car-found-at-national-park.html


Authorities in Virginia are searching for a missing woman whose abandoned car was found in Shenandoah National Park over the weekend.


Nicole Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge, Va., was reported missing on Friday, two days after her last contact with her family. Her 2009 Mini Cooper was found Saturday evening in a parking lot located in a remote area of the park.

Virginia State Police and U.S. Park Police suspended the ground and air search for Mittendorff Sunday evening after a second day without success. Operations will resume Monday morning.

Police say Mittendorff's disappearance is not considered suspicious at this time.

Family members told The Washington Post that they reported Mittendorff missing after she failed to show up for her scheduled shift as a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue first responder, an action they described as highly unusual.

"We are holding up as best as can be expected under difficult circumstances,” Mittendorff's sister, Jennifer Chalmers, told the Post Sunday. “At this time we are focused on finding Nicole and have the deepest appreciation for everyone helping. We hope and pray for a safe resolution in the near future."

The Post reported that Mittendorff's family members have speculated that she had traveled to Shenandoah National Park to train for a race. A Facebook page created to solicit tips and provide updates on the search noted that Mittendorff "likes to compete in multi-sport events such as triathlons and regularly runs half marathons [and] can often be found riding and running on trails."

Mittendoff stands five feet, six inches tall and has blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Virginia State Police at (703) 803-0026 or email questions@vsp.virginia.gov

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Source ()
Date: April 18, 2016 10:18AM

Unfortunately this will not end positively! More later as more details come in.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 10:21AM

Source Wrote:
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> Unfortunately this will not end positively! More
> later as more details come in.


How do you know this?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: yXmxv ()
Date: April 18, 2016 10:26AM

AFAIK there is only 1 cell tower in that area, so they might not be able to figure out her location by triangulation.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: taxpayer resources ()
Date: April 18, 2016 10:44AM

Oh, and it sure helps that her husband is a state trooper.

Now we know why a chopper is being used

Either the family pays for all this or government responds this way whenever anyone in Fairfax goes missing

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 10:54AM

taxpayer resources Wrote:
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> Oh, and it sure helps that her husband is a state
> trooper.
>
> Now we know why a chopper is being used
>
> Either the family pays for all this or government
> responds this way whenever anyone in Fairfax goes
> missing

Chopper Chopper Chopper


Helicopters to the rescue!

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: missing girl ()
Date: April 18, 2016 10:55AM

Katelin Akens
19 years old
Missing 12/5/2015
From Springfield

I bet her family wishes these resources were used with their daughter and

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 11:12AM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katelin-akens-missing_us_56c78012e4b041136f16f6b

Authorities are seeking clues in the disappearance of Katelin Akens, a 19-year-old woman who vanished en route to a Virginia airport, leaving her fiancée and family with no idea of her fate.

“It bothers everybody,” Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Pearce told The Huffington Post. “We just want to know what happened.”

According to the sheriff’s office, Akens’ stepfather was driving her to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Dec. 5, when the teen asked to be dropped off at the Springfield mall. She reportedly planned to take the metro from the Franconia-Springfield stop near the mall to the airport.

Later that day, Akens’ mother received a text message from her daughter.

“She texted and said she made it there, but we don’t know if that’s true,” her mother, Lisa Sullivan, told Richmond’s WTVR?TV.

Akens’ fiancée, Amber Rios, had been living with Akens since 2014 in Arizona. Rios also reportedly received a text message from Akens saying something came up and she was not returning that day.

“She flew out there on the first and she was supposed to come back here on the fifth,” Rios told Richmond’s WWBT News. “Her sister just had a baby, so she was going out there to meet her nephew.”

Akens never boarded her flight in Virginia, and investigators have been unable to confirm the teen was ever at the mall, as the area where her stepfather said he dropped her off is reportedly not covered by surveillance cameras. Authorities also have yet to determine if the teen ever made it to the metro or to the airport.

Pearce described Akens’ stepfather as “absolutely” cooperative in the investigation and said he is not considered a suspect or person of interest in his stepdaughter’s disappearance.

Two days after Akens disappeared, her luggage was found discarded in a drainage ditch in Spotsylvania County near the Fredericksburg city limit, which is roughly 50 miles from the airport. The teen’s wallet, identification and phone charger were reportedly among the items found in her unopened luggage container.

“It’s scary,” Sullivan told Richmond’s WRIC?TV after the discovery. “You don’t know what to think. Where is she?”

Police say they have no tangible clues to Akens’ whereabouts, and they will not speculate as to what might have happened to her.

“We have absolutely no indication at this point if anything happened, and if it did, what or where it happened,” Pearce told HuffPost.

Pearce also declined to say if Akens’ Facebook page, which authorities accessed after obtaining a warrant for it, revealed any clues.

The affidavit for the search warrant has been sealed by a judge, according to The Free Lance-Star.

“The information deputies and the detectives have uncovered is not something we’re going to be able to release at this point,” Pearce said.

For now, there appear to be more questions than answers in the teen’s mysterious disappearance.

“At some point I’m sure we will have an answer, but we just don’t have any indication at this point,” Pearce said. “We do still have an active open case on it and a detective that is assigned to it. Every week he’s trying to find some new way of seeing if we can identify where she might be. A lot of it is going to depend on folks coming forward and giving us tips and clues.”

Katelin Akens is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 122 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. She has butterflies tattooed on her left forearm and stars on her right foot.

Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to contact the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office at 540-582-7115 or Spotsylvania Crime Solvers at 1-800-928-5822. For more information, visit Help find Katelin Akens on Facebook.



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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: SMRG ()
Date: April 18, 2016 11:13AM

The SMRG has been deployed. They are adivision of the PATC. They will find her today.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Ralph Pootawn ()
Date: April 18, 2016 11:28AM

She's hot. I would abduct her.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: another missing girl ()
Date: April 18, 2016 11:38AM

Michaela Caplanis
17 years old
Missing 2/25/16
Manassas

Are VA State Police actively searching for her too?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: oMG this is scary ()
Date: April 18, 2016 11:54AM

OMG I hope the disappearance of these young women are not related?!

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Very Strange ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:25PM

taxpayer resources Wrote:
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> Oh, and it sure helps that her husband is a state
> trooper.
>
> Now we know why a chopper is being used
>
> Either the family pays for all this or government
> responds this way whenever anyone in Fairfax goes
> missing


There's something very odd about this. Hikers don't get lost in the SNP and the area is heavily traveled. Especially last weekend when the temps were in the 70's.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: she better be ill ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:54PM

What a shotty thing to do to your family.

Just take off without telling anyone.

Having a break down is the only excuse

All these resources being used on an adult.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: McGrufftheCrimeDog ()
Date: April 18, 2016 12:56PM

Does the Manassas girl have blonde hair and similar build to the other 2 girls with blonde hair?

Could be related, but the last seen locations are quite spread out for that to be probable.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Samuel Gerard ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:07PM

What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse.

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Re: Va. police seek missing Fairfax Firefighter after her car was found abandoned at national park
Posted by: bot ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:09PM

GtMDt Wrote:
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> Just curious, I hope she is ok and found.
>
> Why would anyone click the "Like" button on
> facebook for this?
>
> Does it spread the word to others? What use is it
> to click "Like"?


it is not a personal page, it's set up as though it's a business. For you to follow the page and receive followup and posts from it, you have to like it.

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Re: Car of missing Fairfax County firefighter found abandoned in national park; search suspended
Posted by: Barber ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:11PM

not sure but.. Wrote:
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> Don't they (missing adults) generally have to be
> missing for a certain amount of time before the
> police get involved? That might explain why it
> took a couple of days for her to be reported
> missing..

She wasn't reported missing because she wasn't due to work until Friday. When she didn't show on Friday, her family was called and she was reported missing.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Al Cowlings ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:25PM

That's an ugly ass car. Somebody must have noticed when they were at Old Rag that day.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: the guy ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:26PM

How did her husband not know she was missing for most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. I'd notice if my wife was gone for that long. I might not complain about it, but I'd notice it.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 01:27PM

Al Cowlings Wrote:
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> That's an ugly ass car. Somebody must have
> noticed when they were at Old Rag that day.


A bear called a helicopter about it

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: look at all these rumors ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:08PM


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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Maybe ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:27PM

the guy Wrote:
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> How did her husband not know she was missing for
> most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. I'd notice
> if my wife was gone for that long. I might not
> complain about it, but I'd notice it.


State Police Employees work long shifts?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Rumors ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:28PM

look at all these rumors Wrote:
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> The Mittendorffs may be separated.
>
> http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read/2/152
> 8614/page-10.html

Whoa...

Looks like FFXU was on the case back in Posted by: Techie 7 ()
Date: December 04, 2015 11:48AM

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Very Strange ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:30PM

Maybe Wrote:
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> the guy Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > How did her husband not know she was missing
> for
> > most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. I'd
> notice
> > if my wife was gone for that long. I might not
> > complain about it, but I'd notice it.
>
>
> State Police Employees work long shifts?

It says she last texted at 10am Wednesday and that was the last contact? So he didn't notice her missing until Friday when she didn't report for work?

Are we missing something here? Police don't want any volunteers to help in the search because it might "contaminate the area?"

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: not that long ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:36PM

Maybe Wrote:
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> the guy Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > How did her husband not know she was missing
> for
> > most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. I'd
> notice
> > if my wife was gone for that long. I might not
> > complain about it, but I'd notice it.
>
>
> State Police Employees work long shifts?

They don't work 48 hour shifts.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: um ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:37PM

Very Strange Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Maybe Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > the guy Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > How did her husband not know she was missing
> > for
> > > most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. I'd
> > notice
> > > if my wife was gone for that long. I might
> not
> > > complain about it, but I'd notice it.
> >
> >
> > State Police Employees work long shifts?
>
> It says she last texted at 10am Wednesday and that
> was the last contact? So he didn't notice her
> missing until Friday when she didn't report for
> work?
>
> Are we missing something here? Police don't want
> any volunteers to help in the search because it
> might "contaminate the area?"

Scroll up two posts for what you're missing here.
And yes, they have bloodhounds searching for her, the scent is being tracked. Volunteers would contaminate that.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: facebookit ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:39PM

Very Strange Wrote:
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> Maybe Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > the guy Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > How did her husband not know she was missing
> > for
> > > most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. I'd
> > notice
> > > if my wife was gone for that long. I might
> not
> > > complain about it, but I'd notice it.
> >
> >
> > State Police Employees work long shifts?
>
> It says she last texted at 10am Wednesday and that
> was the last contact? So he didn't notice her
> missing until Friday when she didn't report for
> work?
>
> Are we missing something here? Police don't want
> any volunteers to help in the search because it
> might "contaminate the area?"

If you look through facebook shares about her, her roomie's friends are posting about her. Above is probably right that she didn't live at home

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: FFXU wins again ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:47PM

Looks like another instance of FFXU solving the case before the cops or the media.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: solved ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:52PM

FFXU wins again Wrote:
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> Looks like another instance of FFXU solving the
> case before the cops or the media.

So where is she?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: The simple answer ()
Date: April 18, 2016 02:55PM

solved Wrote:
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> FFXU wins again Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Looks like another instance of FFXU solving the
> > case before the cops or the media.
>
> So where is she?


A bear got her - probably paid by the husband
Or maybe something else

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: FFXU case crackers ()
Date: April 18, 2016 03:05PM

solved Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> FFXU wins again Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Looks like another instance of FFXU solving the
> > case before the cops or the media.
>
> So where is she?


In the woods somewhere. Unfortunately and sadly, no longer with us. We now have motive for someone harming her or harming herself.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: standard procedures ()
Date: April 18, 2016 03:11PM

So if my daughter doesn't call me or show up to her job the staties will go looking for her with a helicopter?

Or is this VIP treatment reserved for county employees?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Astro11 ()
Date: April 18, 2016 03:53PM

Your daughter, yes. For you?..I hope not.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: solved ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:04PM

FFXU case crackers Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> solved Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > FFXU wins again Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Looks like another instance of FFXU solving
> the
> > > case before the cops or the media.
> >
> > So where is she?
>
>
> In the woods somewhere. Unfortunately and sadly,
> no longer with us. We now have motive for someone
> harming her or harming herself.

The posts linked are the motive? Or was there a new disclosure?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:07PM

standard procedures Wrote:
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> So if my daughter doesn't call me or show up to
> her job the staties will go looking for her with a
> helicopter?
>
> Or is this VIP treatment reserved for county
> employees?


They have helicopter since she lost on the mountian and national park. This is standard typical protocol when someone gets lost in an isolated area

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: all right there ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:14PM

solved Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> FFXU case crackers Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > solved Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > FFXU wins again Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > Looks like another instance of FFXU solving
> > the
> > > > case before the cops or the media.
> > >
> > > So where is she?
> >
> >
> > In the woods somewhere. Unfortunately and
> sadly,
> > no longer with us. We now have motive for
> someone
> > harming her or harming herself.
>
> The posts linked are the motive? Or was there a
> new disclosure?


How much more do you need? Public shaming. Accusations of infidelity.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Hot or not? ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:15PM

standard procedures Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> So if my daughter doesn't call me or show up to
> her job the staties will go looking for her with a
> helicopter?
>
> Or is this VIP treatment reserved for county
> employees?


Is she hot?
Post pics and we will let you know

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Trained Searcher ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:25PM

Often when the police say they do not need help it is because they are too busy being incompetent:

http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read.php?2,1011934,1017329,page=4

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Cooling off ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:27PM

Fox News Wrote:
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> standard procedures Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------

>
>
> They have helicopter since she lost on the
> mountian and national park. This is standard
> typical protocol when someone gets lost in an
> isolated area


How long after the event will a heat signature still be visible before she turns the temperature of the surroundings?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: $20 Entrance Fee ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:30PM

Well you have to pay to enter the Shenandoah park so they should know if she drove in or not.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Not this week ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:33PM

$20 Entrance Fee Wrote:
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> Well you have to pay to enter the Shenandoah park
> so they should know if she drove in or not.


Free national parks week
And ranger stations not well staffed - budget cuts and all

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: where is Tobias ()
Date: April 18, 2016 05:04PM

Tobias Ovalle is an autistic 16 year old missing from Alexandria since March 14th.

Is anyone looking for him?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: How about Ana ()
Date: April 18, 2016 05:10PM

Ana Gloria Ramirez Villalta is 22 years old and has been missing since March 7th. She is in need of my medical attention.

Does anyone care about her?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Date: April 18, 2016 05:11PM

Tobias has been home since the day after he went missing. Catch a clue.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Speculatorerr ()
Date: April 18, 2016 05:15PM

$20 Entrance Fee Wrote:
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> Well you have to pay to enter the Shenandoah park
> so they should know if she drove in or not.

If anything the White Oak Canyon parking lot probably has less ranger-attention. Someone on here was saying they would park there to avoid the fee at the Old Rag main lot.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Don't do it! ()
Date: April 18, 2016 05:22PM

If you go down to the woods today,
You'd better not go alone!
It's lovely down in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home!

The Shenandoah serial killer strikes again.
They never caught the guy that slit the throats of the two lesbians.
The guy they thought that did it, Darrell David Rice, is a free man.

http://www.readthehook.com/85806/cover-murder-park-rice-release-revives-memories

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Question? ()
Date: April 18, 2016 06:03PM

facebookit Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Very Strange Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Maybe Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > the guy Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > How did her husband not know she was
> missing
> > > for
> > > > most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. I'd
> > > notice
> > > > if my wife was gone for that long. I might
> > not
> > > > complain about it, but I'd notice it.
> > >
> > >
> > > State Police Employees work long shifts?
> >
> > It says she last texted at 10am Wednesday and
> that
> > was the last contact? So he didn't notice her
> > missing until Friday when she didn't report for
> > work?
> >
> > Are we missing something here? Police don't
> want
> > any volunteers to help in the search because it
> > might "contaminate the area?"
>
> If you look through facebook shares about her, her
> roomie's friends are posting about her. Above is
> probably right that she didn't live at home

Why did she have roommates if she was married?

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Bdnbd ()
Date: April 18, 2016 06:04PM

How about Ana Wrote:
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> Ana Gloria Ramirez Villalta is 22 years old and
> has been missing since March 7th. She is in need
> of my medical attention.
>
> Does anyone care about her?


Maybe they are not looked for them because they could be illegal aliens that don't pay taxes and public services are not intended for someone like that.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Because they were separated ()
Date: April 18, 2016 06:34PM

Because they were separated and not living together

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Wwjd ()
Date: April 18, 2016 07:22PM

Bdnbd Wrote:
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> How about Ana Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Ana Gloria Ramirez Villalta is 22 years old and
> > has been missing since March 7th. She is in
> need
> > of my medical attention.
> >
> > Does anyone care about her?
>
>
> Maybe they are not looked for them because they
> could be illegal aliens that don't pay taxes and
> public services are not intended for someone like
> that.

Jesus felt the same way.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: jM3pP ()
Date: April 18, 2016 07:53PM

How about Ana Wrote:
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> Ana Gloria Ramirez Villalta is 22 years old and
> has been missing since March 7th. She is in need
> of my medical attention.
>
> Does anyone care about her?

Is she hot?

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Re: UPDATED UPDATE: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 07:56PM


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Re: UPDATED UPDATE: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 07:57PM

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Dog Walker1 ()
Date: April 18, 2016 07:59PM

White Oak Canyon Trail (WOCT) is pretty steep with many rocks and tree roots providing tripping opportunities, if I remember correctly. I sure would not want to be jogging on something like that. Of course, I've seen joggers on other trails that provided similar trip hazards.

WOCT has a parking lot off Skyline Drive and another parking lot near the bottom of the trail, close to the Old Rag parking lot. Apparently the lower lot is where they found the car. You can see topography here: http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/WhiteOak/

One local news station showed a photo of the woman with her big dog in the back of her car. Would she take the dog with her for running on a tough trail? I wouldn't think so.

It's been years since a friend and I backpacked from Skyland parking lot (WOCT lot on Skyline Dr was full) down the WOCT and up the Cedar Run Trail, similar to this hike
http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/WhiteOakCedarRun/

When we did that hike in an August years ago, there were few people once you got a mile or two from Skyline Dr. I think we hiked for a full day (in the lower part of the trails) without seeing anyone, but maybe we saw 1 or 2 other hikers or groups. With full packs and a lot of blisters, we took an easy pace.

Hope they will find her in good condition with a twisted ankle or similar minor injury, but they need to find her soon for a good outcome in this.

==========
==========

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. - John Cassis on manners

Ignoring juvenile attacks and remarks on the internet for over two decades.

Arguing by deflection or name-calling is an admission that you don't have a rational argument.

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: End of job? ()
Date: April 18, 2016 08:12PM

Did she happen to work in her off hours for a contractor?
Just sayn

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Re: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Fairfax County Firefighter
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 18, 2016 08:20PM

End of job? Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Did she happen to work in her off hours for a
> contractor?
> Just sayn


No, that would violate her contract with FCFD and cause her to be immeduately terminated from her position

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