Episode 73 The Search for Annie Schmidt: Part 1


On Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 Annie Schmidt, daughter of Jon Schmidt, famous for his piano playing in the Piano Guys, and Michelle Schmidt, was reported missing. Over the next month, hundreds of people and search dogs embarked on what became an ordeal that gained national attention as the search for her unfolded. This three-part series includes interviews with Annie’s mother -Michelle, the woman who found Annie’s body – Lydia Mcgranahan, and another participant who was key in helping to find Annie – Marty Newey. This series starts out introducing Annie and Lydia – the woman who found her,  and we jump into the inspiration that brought a woman who had no idea who Annie was into the search in the Columbia River Gorge.

Tune in for in-depth interviews as we uncover the miraculous events surrounding the discovery of Annie Schmidt in this three-part series.

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About the author, Lori

Lori is the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing candid interviews and conversations about living our best life stories on purpose. Lori pulls no punches in capturing interviews that shine a light on how we make it through the hard stuff – stress, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, rape, the death of children, abuse, divorce and the real stuff we have to deal with. But, she also shares interviews with Olympians and incredible athletes, life coaches, therapists, and people who are changing the world – most often these two categories are one and the same. She has a master’s degree in Folklore--her research focuses on the personal narrative. She is the author of six books and over 100 magazine and newspaper articles, including her latest, L.I.F.E. – Living Intentional and Fearless Every Day. She consults with individuals on a personal and business level in helping them find their stories, reframe the ones that are holding them back, and manage the stories they currently tell themselves in order to create the story they personally want to live.


  1. Sophie Reece on February 8, 2018 at 1:58 AM

    This was an amazing podcast of how people and situations tie us all together so closely. I’m looking forward to the next 2 parts. Thank you!

    • Lori Lee on February 8, 2018 at 11:46 PM

      Thanks for chiming in Sophie. One of the things that is most amazing about this whole story is the orchestration of so many different people through spiritual means for the growth of everyone involved. Fascinating.

  2. Sue Benson on February 9, 2018 at 4:32 AM

    I loved listening to this and remembering what went on. It’s amazing how the Lord uses us to help others. Excited for part 2.

  3. Karen Walker on February 17, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    This touched my heart deeply. Annie was a missionary who spent a lot of time in our home and continued to build relationships with our young adult daughters after she went home. I will never forget the text we got from our youngest child who lives in the Portland area on saying that Annie was missing. I spent many sleepless hours on my knees praying that she would be found. We loved her so much; it’s hard to explain the depth of her ability to love and build relationships unless you experienced it yourself. Her mother describes her so well, and I loved hearing the stories. I don’t know if I will ever think of her without tears coming to my eyes, but I will never tire of hearing about Annie Schmidt. She was truly special.

    • Lori Lee on February 17, 2018 at 11:09 PM

      Karen, thank you for sharing your love on this comment. How lucky you were to know her. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  4. Tony Reece on February 17, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    More proof that we have the ability to share and tap in to various channels of energy through gifts and prayer.

  5. HaRold Weinstein’ on February 17, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Love this podcast I have been a fan of the piano guys for years and have followed this story from day one. Lydia is an amazing strong women who writing was touches a chore in me. Can’t wait to hear part 2& 3 . JOHN at Christmas recorded a song about Annie called sweetest gift. If you get a chance please listen it will touch you as it did me.

    • Lori Lee on February 17, 2018 at 11:10 PM

      Harold – Thank you for recommending the song. I will take a listen. I’m glad you could follow along with her incredible story. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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