RCMP in Rocky Mountain House have called off the search for an Edmonton woman who has been missing for nearly a week.

Anina Hundsdoerfer, 32, hasn’t been heard from since Saturday when she went to work in downtown Edmonton.

Her blue Toyota Echo was found on Tuesday afternoon on the side of Highway 734 between Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg.

Since then, police have searched the area by ground and by air but have come up empty.

Anina Hundsdoerfer

Alberta government scientist Anina Hundsdoerfer went missing on Saturday. (EPS)

“From what we've been able to do, we feel we've exhausted every avenue of investigation on the ground at this point,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Bill Laidlaw. 

Heavy snow may have covered up evidence but police still hope that Hundsdoerfer will be found alive.

“Frankly we're still looking for a live human being and we still have hope,” Laidlaw said.

“We don't have anything right now to indicate right now we're looking for a corpse.”

Hundsdoerfer, a scientist with the Alberta government, left behind her phone and her identification when she disappeared.

Her vehicle showed no signs of trouble and was left locked up by the side of the road.