Episode 75 The Search for Annie Schmidt: Part 3

The Search for Annie Schmidt: Part 3

“Bless the thing that broke you down and cracked you open because the world needs you open.”  –Rebecca Campbell

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. The second installment takes us further into the search and the inspiration and weaving of events that took place as we talked about the experience with those who were there. And, this third and final episode takes us to when Annie’s body was found, to her funeral where Lydia hears Annie speak to her, and where finding Annie is also losing Annie.

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

Thanks to The Piano Guys for the use of their music in this episode.  https://thepianoguys.com/


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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. Robert Bunkall on February 22, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Great episode. Inspiring story.

    • Lori Lee on February 26, 2018 at 2:54 AM

      Thanks for listening and commenting Robert.

  2. Cathy P Anderegg on February 22, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    I can only get the first 13 minutes of episode 75 to play. There seems to be a problem, even signing in with i’tunes and TuneIn. Please fix, thanks

    • Lori Lee on February 26, 2018 at 2:47 AM

      I am so sorry to hear that Cathy. I haven’t heard of anyone else having this problem. It seems to be working fine for everyone else, and for me. Are you having trouble on the website? Thanks for contacting me.

    • Belinda Stanger on March 1, 2018 at 4:50 PM

      Mine shuts off. I think it is my phone setting that treats the lack of touching my phone while listening to inactivity. I have to press the fingerprint button and it picks up again right where it left off. I just deal with it until my husband fixes my settings.

  3. Kim Nay on October 11, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Hello Lori, Your favorite sister-in-law introduced me to your podcasts specifically this story. I love everything about this three part series! So many things resonated to me On a very personal level. It has inspired me to begin writing down my story.
    Thank you for sharing with all! I look forward to listening to many more of your episodes! I look forward to sharing your podcast with my family and friends!

    • Lori Lee on October 11, 2018 at 4:18 PM

      Kim, Thank you for your note. These type of notes make this work worthwhile for me. Thank you so much for taking the time. I’m so glad you connected with these episodes. It’s an incredible story. I’m glad you’ll keep enjoying the podcast. There is lots of good stuff there.

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