The body of a missing Virginia firefighter was found inside Shenandoah National Park on Thursday after a six-day search.
The search for Nicole Mittendorff, 31, started after she failed to report to work for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Her family reported that they had last heard from Mittendorff via text message over a week ago.
On Saturday, Mittendorff’s van was found with a note inside it. Officials have not made public the contents of the note.
A search was coordinated with over 100 federal, state, and volunteer search-and-rescue teams combing the Shenandoah National Park.
The body was discovered more than a mile away from the parking lot and about 330 yards from the trail in rocky terrain. Police have not said what the cause of death was but they have said that they don’t believe that believe that there was foul play involved.
It is unclear why Mittendorff was at the park but family members have said that she was an avid runner and tri-athlete. They said that she may have been training in the park.
Mittendorff was married but had recently separated from her husband Steven Mittendorff, a sergeant with the Virginia State Police.
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