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Body pulled from Meramec River identified as missing 72-year-old hiker

A body recovered from the Meramac River is believed to be a 72-year-old woman who went missing while hiking along a trail in Wildwood.
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 9:13 AM CDT|Updated: May. 25, 2022 at 11:19 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A body recovered from the Meramec River was identified as the 72-year-old woman who went missing while hiking along a trail in Wildwood.

St. Louis County Police said Carol Schulte was last seen near the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead in Wildwood Monday morning. Family members described her as an experienced hiker.

Schulte’s minivan was found at Glencoe State Park, which is also the last location her phone was pinged at around 7 a.m. before turning off. It is unclear what she was last wearing, but Schulte is about 5 foot 4 inches tall and weighs 128 pounds. The five-mile trail is located near Grand Avenue and Washington Avenue in the Glencoe community.

First responders gather near a Wildwood trail to search for a missing elderly hiker.
First responders gather near a Wildwood trail to search for a missing elderly hiker.(Metro West Fire)

A local hiking group organized a search party for Schulte near the trail. First responders also used drones, tracking dogs and a helicopter along with a large ground search. More than 150 volunteers and first responders helped with the search on Tuesday. Laura Thake brought her dog, Gus, and joined in the search.

“And even though I don’t know her, I feel like I should be here to try to assist,” she said.

Around 1:30 p.m., it was announced that search efforts had ended for the day. One of Schulte’s stepsons, Greg Schulte, expressed his gratitude for the search efforts but was disappointed in the results.

“It’s very unsettling, it would have been nice to get some closure or some direction on what to do. And then now it’s just not sure what to do. What are the next steps and how do we, how do we find a way to get closure on this? Yes, very, very troubling right now,” he said.

On Monday, detectives identified the body found as Carol Schulte.

Authorities haven’t officially determined how the exact cause and there were no obvious injuries.