ODNR: Woman killed by tree in Hocking Hills ‘not a natural’ accident

Mysterious Hocking Hills State Park death sparks investigation

HOCKING HILLS, Ohio (FOX19) - A Chillicothe woman was killed by a tree in Hocking Hills on Labor Day and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it was not a natural accident.

Victoria Schafer, a 44-year-old photographer, took a trip to Hocking Hills State Park with some high school students for their senior photos.

Schafer was near a cave when part of the tree, located on top of the cave, fell on her leading to her death.

ODNR says the tree did not fall naturally and that a group of people on top of the cave may have been responsible. They would not say how it fell nor if the tree was already cut.

Schafer's husband wrote a message on Facebook saying:

"I want to thank everyone for all of the words of love and support in this trying time. Victoria was truly one of a kind. She was taking photographs at Hocking Hills when this terrible incident happened. She died doing what she loved to do."

FOX19 NOW did reach out to Schafer’s family and they declined an interview.

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