Search underway for Kentucky woman missing in the Virgin Islands

A 48-year-old woman from Louisville has been missing for several days in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the Virgin Islands National Park.

A search is underway for Lucy Schuhmann, who left her vacation rental around 7:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday and never returned that night, according to a missing person’s page. A hiker found her backpack Thursday, the page said. She was reported missing Thursday.

Schuhmann was scheduled to check out of her Coral Bay vacation rental on the St. John island on Thursday, the park service said. Her belongings were found still in her room and her rental Jeep was later found at the Salt Pond parking area at the national park.

Staff from the park, St. John Rescue and Virgin Islands Police Department have searched water and land in the area, the national park wrote on Facebook.

Surveillance videos were being checked, and drones were being used to search the cliffs, the missing person’s page said.

The island is currently under a tropical storm warning with Tropical Storm Karen expected to make landfall as early as Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and 2-4 inches of rain could lead to flash flooding and mudslides, the weather service said.

The search was continuing Monday “and as safe conditions allow,” the park service said.

If you have any information about Schuhmann’s whereabouts, contact Thomas Kelley at 340-690-2440.