Jon Schmidt, pianist and member of The Piano Guys, called for an end to the search for his missing 21-year-old daughter, Annie, on Wednesday.
"We are moved beyond words by the thousands who have searched, prayed for and helped our effort for Annie in any way," Schmidt was quoted as saying in a post on Facebook. "At this time, out of consideration to so many out-of-state people involved in the search, the Schmidts have set a conclusion time of Wednesday afternoon so travel arrangements can be planned accordingly."
Still, Schmidt called for one final push from family and volunteers in the search. Authorities suspended official search efforts on Sunday evening.
"Until then, we are gathering up all our strength, energy, faith and prayers for one more push," he said. "Your thoughts and prayers have made such a difference. Please keep them coming for one more day."
Search parties went out one last time and an invitation was extended for prayers for impressions to know where to go and where to look as well as for sunshine. However, Annie was not found. Still, the Schmidts have continued to express their appreciation for all of the efforts to find their daughter and their testimony of a loving God.
In a post on The Piano Guys website, Michelle Schmidt wrote to all of those who have exercised faith in the search for Annie.
"I desire for everyone to know, who has exercised their faith in behalf of our family, your faith has not gone unanswered," Michelle Schmidt wrote. "We have been literally carried and sustained through day after day. We have felt a calm and a peace beyond ourselves that have enabled us to get up each morning and function and do what needs to be done that day to continue our efforts to find our daughter. We know that this is a result of your prayers. Thank you (times a million).
"We have been unable to find our sweet daughter's body at this time. But these things we know. We know that Heavenly Father has heard the countless prayers and combined faith exercised by people literally all over the world. We know He has heard us, and if He choses to not show us where to find her, then we trust that there is a purpose in this."
Michelle Schmidt also posted an expression of gratitude for the love and support that has been shown to her family on Facebook where she shared a message she received from someone on Tuesday.
"I went to school with your daughter," the message began. "In high school I was a very depressed and sad girl. I had a problem with self harm and had no friends. But your daughter, not even knowing me, would always ask me how I was doing or tell me I looked beautiful or just sit and talk to me.
"She might have no thought of what that would have meant to me, but those little things she would do plays a big part of why I'm still alive today. She is the sweetest person I have ever met in my life."
Michelle Schmidt then expressed what she thought her daughter would want people to do at this time.
"If people wonder what they can do, Annie would say, love each other," Michelle Schmidt said. "Be kind to each other. Reach out of your circles and comfort zones and open your heart and your mind to those around you. God loves you. Love each other. I'm certain this would be her message. How grateful we are to have such a beautiful daughter that has taught us so much. I love her so much."