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Reward offered in death of woman struck by piece of tree

September 18, 2019

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the death of a woman hit by a falling piece of tree at an Ohio state park.

Forty-four-year-old Victoria Schafer was struck Sept. 2 near Old Man’s Cave at Hocking Hills State Park and died at the scene.

Authorities initially believed the part of the tree that hit the Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee) woman fell on its own but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources later said it had evidence indicating there may have been foul play .

The department says it’s now investigating the death as a suspected homicide.

Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers, the group offering the reward, says anyone with relevant information should contact local law enforcement.