Vigil planned tonight as search continues for missing Va. firefighter


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A candlelit vigil will be held Wednesday night for a missing Fairfax County paramedic-firefighter.

31-year-old Nicole Mittendorff has been missing since Friday, April 15. About 100 searchers have been scouring the rugged terrain of the Shenandoah National Park, where Mittendorff’s car was found Saturday. Family members have said she is an avid runner and tri-athlete who might have been training in the park.

A park spokeswoman says the search area encompasses about 10 square miles of the 300-square-mile park. About 4 and a half miles of five trails are closed for the search.

Mittendorff last had contact by text message with her family on Wednesday, April 13.

Friends and family have started a Facebook page dedicated to finding Mittendorff.

Mittendorff is described as a white female with blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers said Mittendorff always put others first and is a high-achiever who is well-liked by her colleagues.

The vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Fire Station 32, located at 5600 Burke Centre Parkway, Fairfax Station, Va. Click here for more information.

Anyone with information concerning Mittendorff’s whereabouts is asked to call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone or 911 or email at

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