WILDWOOD, Mo. – There was a massive search for a 72-year-old woman who was last believed to be hiking in Wildwood on Monday morning, but has disappeared.  St. Louis County Police tell FOX 2 that search efforts have ended for today. They did not elaborate as to why but said that the case is still under investigation.

Around 150 people searched the grounds of the Al Foster Trailhead on Tuesday in search of Carol Schulte. Schulte is 5’4″ and 128 pounds. FOX2 is told that Schulte is a fairly experienced hiker who is familiar with that area.

Police searched for Schulte on Monday and didn’t have any luck. Officers found a minivan matching the description of Schulte in the parking lot of the trailhead. Her cell phone was pinged to that location.

The trailhead is located at 225 Grand Avenue. An area Facebook group dedicated to hiking said Carol Schulte’s “phone pinged off the Al Foster Trailhead at 6:30 a.m. Monday,” and then it went dead.

The group organized a search party to start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. They said, “bring a whistle, if you can.”

Schulte’s family called St. Louis County police and reported her missing on Monday. Authorities tell us no one saw Schulte in the park Monday or on the trails, but they think she was there because her minivan was parked there and her phone pinged. 

First responders and volunteers gathered at the trailhead Tuesday to search for Schulte. Some of the volunteers know Schulte from her church. One of Schulte’s family members is a pastor at a local church, and he put out a call on Facebook on Monday for help in this search case.

“Everything I know of her is she is one of those people that always got a smile,” said one volunteer on Tuesday. “She would do anything for anybody. Never heard anybody say negatively in any way, shape or form about Carol. She’s just a wonderful person.”

“All the doors are wide open at this point, and we want to treat it as seriously as possible,” said Sergeant Tracy Panus, a spokesperson with the St. Louis County Police Department.

Police say foul play is not suspected in Schulte’s disappearance.