A Virginia hiker who was reported missing for over four days in Montana’s Glacier National Park was found dead Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.
Jennifer Coleman, a 34-year-old woman from Richmond, Virginia, went on a solo hike in the national park and never returned, according to the National Park Service. The search began on Wednesday afternoon when park officials found her vehicle in the Logan Pass parking lot, the highest elevation a car can reach in the park at 6,646-feet. Sheriff deputies also located Coleman’s belongings at her campsite at the West Glacier KOA campground.
Since then, about 50 rescue workers were searching for Coleman before she was found dead in a steep and rocky area near the Continental Divide. Officials said they are investigating the cause of death. High winds prevented them from recovering her body.
Coleman’s parents are part of The AWARE Foundation, an organization that advocates for missing and endangered people. The organization told the Associated Press she was last heard from via text message one week ago.
Her parents posted on Facebook there are, “no words to describe the grief,” of the news.
“It is with heavy heart that we have to share this news. Jennifer Coleman, daughter of one of our own AWARE family, Hal and Sharon Coleman, has been located deceased,” The AWARE Foundation posted on Facebook. “Our thoughts & prayers go out to Hal & Sharon during this difficult time.”
Friends of Coleman told WTVR she was an experienced hiker and was a “tough lady.” Park officials also thanked the public for helping locate Coleman.
“Although the end result was not the one searchers hoped for, public tips were key to a faster resolution of the search,” officials said.
Contributing: Associated Press