Virginia police search for missing paramedic/firefighter

Car Found in Search for Missing Virginia Emergency Responder
Car Found in Search for Missing Virginia Emergency Responder

Law enforcement in Virginia is searching for a woman whose car was found abandoned in Shenandoah National Park this weekend.

Nicole Mittendorff was reported missing on Friday shortly after she failed to report to work. Her family was immediately concerned, describing her as "extremely dedicated" to her job as a paramedic/firefighter with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

She was last heard from on Wednesday morning via text message. A runner and triathlete, friends and family believe she may have been running in the park near where her car was discovered.

"She participates in CrossFit, is a gym regular and can often be found riding and running on trails," her family said.

See photos of Nicole:

Mittendorff wis blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5'6″ and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

Officials from the local state and National Park Police force spent the weekend looking for Mittendorff, using air and ground resources, shortly after finding her car.

"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. "It is a tribute to their commitment to the value of life. Our fondest hope is a safe and soon resolution."

Police are asking anyone with information to call 703-803-0026.

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