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Friday, October 11, 2019

Teens Arrested in Connection with Death of Photographer Struck by Log at Hocking Hills State Park

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

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Two teenage boys have now been charged in connection with the death of Chillicothe photographer Victoria Schafer.

Over Labor Day weekend, the 44-year-old was taking senior photo portraits on one of the most popular trails in Hocking Hills State Park when she was struck from above by a large log.

Following the initial report of the mother of four's death, officials then announced the tree was “dislodged” from above before striking Schafer near Old Man's Cave and that it was not a "natural occurrence."

Last month, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers offered a $10,000 reward to anyone with information regarding Schafer's death.

After receiving pertinent information regarding the case, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources began investigating a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, who have now been charged with reckless homicide, the Chillicothe Gazette reported.

A press release from the Hocking County Prosecutor's Office said the boys allegedly admitted that they helped push the log over a cliff that struck Schafer.

Schafer's death is the third reported near Hocking Hills this summer. Park officials have also rescued at least four hikers throughout the season.

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