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Police searching for missing father, children

They had been on day trip to mountains near Estacada

A search is under way for Lake Oswego resident Stewart Schmidt, 33, and his two children, after they went missing while on a day trip to play in the snow on the Estacada side of Mount Hood.

The trio left Lake Oswego at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, and were scheduled to return at about 4 p.m. They never returned and their whereabouts are unknown.

They were reported missing by Schmidt's ex-wife and the mother of the children, Rhiannon Schmidt.

The good news is that according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department, there are no indications of anything suspicious or criminal.

"We really believe that (Schmidt) just took his kids to play in the snow," Sergeant James Rhodes said.

Their last know destination was the Indian Henry Campground area outside Estacada. They were traveling in a 2001 burgundy Hyundai Santa Fe SUV (Oregon license plate number YPA799.)

All attempts to locate Schmidt and his children have been unsuccessful. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office conducted an unsuccessful area check for Schmidt at the Indian Henry Campground.

On the morning of Jan. 3, Clackamas County's Search and Rescue teams were re-searching the area they had gone over in the dark the night before. The initial search involved 10 4x4 vehicles that covered more than 200 miles over eight hours, searching all the way up to Bagby Hot Springs.

"On the same night we had to other people get stuck in the snow in the Mt. Hood National Forest," Rhodes said. "By all reports, though, Mr. Schmidt is a calm, intelligent guy and there aren't any pressing medical concerns in the group so we're hoping they just stay warm in the car and it's just a matter of finding the car."

If you have information that can help in the search, call the Lake Oswego Police Department's 24-hour line at 503-635-0238.



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