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Teresa Schmidt

Case Details

Case Type: Missing

Height: 5' 5"

Case Status: OPEN

Weight: 125 lbs


Identifying Marks:

Incident Date: 09/06/2002


Agency: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

City: Golden

Date of Birth: 01/21/1949

County: Jefferson

Date of Death: Unknown

Agency Case #: 02-22973

Age: 53

Judicial District: 1st Judicial District

Gender: Female

Year Solved:

Race: Caucasian

NamUs Case #: 25973

Eyes: Brown

NCMEC Case #: Unknown

Hair: Blond/Strawberry

About this Case:

Teresa Schmidt decided to go hiking on September 6, 2002. She is an experienced hiker and had visited the area before, but its physical features had been greatly changed by a forest fire and she may not have known her way around. She left Lost Valley Guest Ranch alone, carrying a backpack which contained a jacket and two bottles of water. Ms. Schmidt was last seen at about 3:00 p.m. on a trail leading to a rocky overlook east of the ranch. She was last seen wearing stonewashed jeans, a light-colored shirt, a turquoise windbreaker, and a black fanny pack. She was reported missing by her husband at 7:00 p.m. when she failed to return to the ranch, but search efforts did not begin until 2:00 a.m. the next day. Nearly seventy volunteer searchers, tracker dogs, and helicopters scoured the area for Schmidt for six days after she disappeared. Her husband spent several days searching by motorcycle. Search efforts were hampered by inclement weather and the only thing anyone located was two sets of Schmidt's footprints near Cheesman Overlook, one set on each side of the ridge. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's office.

If you have any information about this case, please contact:

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office



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