FAIRFAX, Va. - During an emotional press conference on Tuesday morning, Chief Bowers made a plea for help in the search of a missing Virginia firefighter who went missing last week.
Nicole Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge was reported missing Friday when she didn't show up for her job with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
A U.S. Park ranger found her 2009 Mini Cooper shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot in Shenandoah National Park. Nicole’s husband, Steve Mittendorff, spoke out Tuesday at the Fairview fire station where Nicole worked, “As you can imagine, the pain of not knowing where a loved one is can be unbearable,” Steve expressed.
Federal, state and volunteer search teams have spent days searching Shenandoah National Park for any signs of Mittendorff. "I'm not sure where you are, but know that we are all looking for you," Steve Mittendorff said. Fire officials urged the public to call Virginia State Police if they have any information on Mittendorff's whereabouts.
"This is our 911 call to the public," Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers Jr. said. "You never know. The smallest thing can help bring Nicole home." Mittendorff is a career firefighter and paramedic for the Fairfax County Fire Department. Her husband is a Virginia State Police employee, police said.
Wednesday will be one week since Nicole's family has heard from her. Steven thanks the 10,000 people who have joined the "Find Nicole" Facebook group.
Mittendorff is described by police as a white woman standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds. Police say she has blonde hair and green eyes. Virginia State Police are asking anyone with information on Mittendorff's location to call 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone or 9-1-1 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.