2 juveniles arrested after woman killed by tree in Hocking Hills

2 juveniles arrested after woman killed by tree in Hocking Hills
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says a 44-year-old woman died after she was hit by a falling tree branch while visiting Hocking Hills State Park. (Source: parks.oh.dnr.gov)

LOGAN, Ohio (FOX19) - Authorities with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced the arrests of two juveniles who were allegedly involved in the death of a woman at Hocking Hills State Park.

Victoria Schafer, 44, was killed on Sept. 2 when part of a tree fell on her.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators later found evidence the tree did not fall naturally.

They would not say how it fell nor if the tree was already cut.

The juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were taken into custody by ODNR on charges of reckless homicide.

ODNR began investigating the two individuals after receiving information about their alleged involvement in Schafer’s death.

“I appreciate the public’s valuable contributions to this case and the perseverance and determination of the investigators,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.

The teenagers are being held at the juvenile detention center in Lancaster.

Because of their ages, ODNR is not releasing the names of the suspects.

A reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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