Our hearts are broken.
We thank you for your support and ask that you keep our family in your prayers in the challenging days ahead.”
This was the statement posted Thursday evening on the missing persons web site created by family and friends of Nicole Mittendorff, the Fairfax County firefighter whose car was found parked near White Oak Canyon in Shenandoah National Park.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed in an email to the Associated Press that a body found Thursday afternoon was likely that of 31-year-old Mittendorff.
A “suicide note” was likely found in Mittendorff’s car, according to several news sources.
According to State Police spokeswoman Geller: “The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation – to include a note recovered from her car – leads us to believe there was no foul play involved in her death.
The full statement from the National Park Service:
Madison County, Va-Search efforts in the Shenandoah National Park were suspended Thursday afternoon (April 21, 2016) with the discovery of female remains within the park property. At approximately 2:00 p.m. a ground team of National Park Service and Virginia State Police personnel discovered a body in a remote location more than a mile from the Whiteoak Canyon parking area and about 330 yards from the trail in treacherous rocky terrain. National Park Service and Virginia State Police are currently still processing the scene.