Search on for missing Abbotsford woman

Erica Grace Schmidt has been missing since Saturday morning.

  • Oct. 7, 2013 5:00 a.m.
Erica Grace Schmidt

Erica Grace Schmidt

Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue (CFVSR) teams have been aiding in the search for a missing Abbotsford woman.

A team of more than a dozen people was called out at around 8 p.m. on Sunday, and searched areas of Eagle Mountain and McKee Peak for Erica Grace Schmidt, 59.

Searches of different areas of Abbotsford are continuing today (Monday).

Const. Ian MacDonald of the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) said police were notified at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday about Schmidt’s disappearance.

He said she likely left the family home on Timberlane Drive sometime between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. that day.

It is believed she walked away from the residence, as all family vehicles were accounted for.

MacDonald said the main concern is that Schmidt did not take any of her belongings nor does she own a cellphone.

She might have been wearing a red hoodie, but MacDonald said there are also indications that she left wearing only a housecoat.

He said no one has heard from Schmidt nor has anyone come forward to say they had offered her a ride or shelter.

A Facebook page – “Help Find Erica!” – has been set up to provide updates, including information about the search and tips that have come in. The page is also being used to organize volunteers to aid in the search.

These volunteers are posting flyers in the downtown area and are concentrating their search there, while CFVSR sends teams into bush and park areas.

Schmidt is 5′ 4″, 140 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).