Arrests Made in Hocking Hills State Park Death

Two minors are charged with dislodging the tree branch that fell and killed a visitor to the park last month.

Hocking Hills State Park - Catie Viox
Catie Viox
Hocking Hills State Park

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has arrested two teens in connection with a Sept. 2 death at Hocking Hills State Park. 

The 16- and 17-year-old boys from the town of Logan, Ohio in Hocking County are accused of allegedly dislodging the tree branch that fell on and killed 44-year-old Victoria Schafer. Both face juvenile counts of reckless homicide and are being held in a youth detention center in Lancaster. 

Schafer, from Chillicothe, was a mother of four and a photographer. She was on a set of stairs near a popular park attraction called Old Man's Cave when the section of the tree branch hit her. First responders pronounced her dead at the scene. 

ODNR is continuing to investigate Schafer's death with the help of the Hocking County Sheriff, Hocking County Prosecutor's Office and the Hocking County Coroner as well as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI.

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