VA police: Remains likely those of lost firefighter

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 6:23 AM

Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in an email late Thursday that troopers have preliminarily identified the body found as Nicole Mittendorff of Woodbridge, Virginia.

VA police: Remains likely those of lost firefighter

Female remains found Thursday in Virginia'south Shenandoah National Park are likely those of a paramedic-firefighter who disappeared a week ago, VA State Police said.

Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in an email late Thursday that troopers have preliminarily identified the body found as Nicole Mittendorff of Woodbridge, Virginia.

The VA medical examiner will have to confirm the identity through an autopsy and the body was taken to the chief medical examiner'south office in Manassas, Geller said.

The proof collected during the investigation, including a note found in Mittendorff'south car, leads troopers to believe number foul play was involved in her death, she said.

The ground look for for Mittendorff was called off about two p. m. after the remains were found in a remote location more than a mi from the Whiteoak Canyon parking area, the National Park Service and State Police said in a news release.

Mittendorff'south car was found in the parking area Saturday, a day after she was reported lost when she didn't indicate up for her work with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. Law enforcement executive said the remains were found about three hundred thirty yards from the trace in treacherous, rocky terrain.

Mittendorff, thirty-one, was an avid runner and tri-athlete; her family said earlier this week that she may have been training on a trace close where her car was found.

About one hundred look for and rescue team members from several agencies combed a steep, rocky and forested 10-square-mile portion of the 300-square-mile national park, park spokeswoman Sally Hurlbert said earlier this week. Searchers have been out daily since Mittendorff was reported missing.

Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers praised Mittendorff this week as the look for went on. "She'south dedicated, she'south respected and she'south well-liked among her peers and colleagues," he said.

Mittendorff'south sister, Jennifer Clardy Chalmers, released a statement saying, "We believe that Nicole has been found and is finally coming home, however not in the way we anticipated. This isn't the positive outcome that we continued to hope and pray for over the past week... We thank everyone for their time, dedication and support in our look for to discover Nicole and ask that you hold our family in your prayers in the challenging days ahead."

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