Va. firefighter called out sick before going missing

Missing Woman's Mini Cooper Found At National Park
Missing Woman's Mini Cooper Found At National Park

The search for missing Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff continued Thursday morning as new details emerged about the hours before her disappearance.

Fire Chief Richard Bowers told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that Mittendorff called out sick before she went missing.

"We remain hopeful and we continue to pray for Nicole and her family," Bowers said, according to WTVR.

The 31-year-old Fairfax County woman was reported missing Friday April 15 when she failed to report to her shift. Her family was immediately concerned, saying she is "extremely dedicated" to her job.

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Mittendorff was last heard from Wednesday, April 13. That Saturday her 2009 Mini Cooper was found parked in Shenandoah National Park. Family and friends say Mittendorff, a triathlete, would often go to the park to run the trails and train for sporting events.

"All information has been turned over to law enforcement," Mittendorff's family wrote on the Find Nicole Facebook page. "The family continues to have a positive working relationship with all involved, including the authorities and the cell phone provider."

Flowers and a candle that remains lit can be seen at Fire House 32 where Mittendorff worked.

Virginia State Police say the evidence collected so far doesn't suggest anything suspicious.

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

Authorities are still encouraging anyone with information about Nicole or her whereabouts contact the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell or 911 or by email at