Police search national park for missing Virginia firefighter

  • Police search national park for missing Virginia firefighter

Police search national park for missing Virginia firefighter

She was reported missing after she didn't show up for a shift at Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

The following day, police found her 2009 Mini Cooper in the parking lot of a remote area of the expansive park, leading to a massive search of both air and land.

Nicole Mittendorff went missing from her home in Woodbridge.

The search for Nicole Mittendorff continued to stall on Monday as authorities widened their hunt for the missing firefighter, whose abandoned auto was found in Shenandoah National Park over the weekend.

White Oak Canyon Trail is now blocked off with yellow police tape. The last contact her family had with her was Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Mittendorff is a career firefighter and paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire Department.

"Our deepest appreciation is to Virginia State Police, all the family of first responders and untold numbers of people who helped and are helping", her sister said in a Facebook post.

Right now, however, there are more questions than answers for family and search crews.

"I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has viewed, liked, and shared this page dedicated to finding my wife", Steven Middendorff, Nicole's husband wrote on Facebook. The vehicle was discovered at the Shenandoah National Park.

Mittendorff is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.

Anyone with information about Mittendorff was asked to call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone or 911.