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Search Concludes for Missing Man in Shenandoah National Park

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Date: April 8, 2008

The body of Jose Alfonso Martins, Jr. was located this morning in the Keyser Run area of the park, marking the end of an eleven day search.   The cause of death is under investigation.

Martins, 42, had been missing since Wednesday, March 26, 2008. His family reported him missing to the Manassas Police Department on Thursday, March 27. 

All trails in the Keyser Run area will be open at 5:00 p.m. today. 

Over 200 employees and trained volunteers, including dog teams, ground searchers, support personnel and helicopters were involved during the lengthy search.  National Park Service personnel were assisted by Appalachian Search and Rescue, Virginia Search and Rescue Dogs Association (VSRDA), Dogs East Search and Rescue, Top of Virginia Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Tracking Institution, Virginia State Police, Blue and Gray Search and Rescue Dogs, Manassas Police Department, TROT Search and Rescue, Rockingham-Augusta Search & Rescue (RASAR) and K-9 Alert. Shenandoah National Park wishes to thank these cooperating search teams for their response and continued efforts.

Did You Know?

Shenandoah National Park’s scenic highway, Skyline Drive, winds through a tunnel of trees in all their fall color glory.

Skyline Drive, the only public road through Shenandoah National Park, rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through the park, then joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC.