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    National Park Virginia

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?

The lineal white markings on this spotted skunk run both horizontal and vertical.

Shenandoah National Park may be one of the few places where you could see a spotted skunk sitting under a gray birch tree. The spotted skunk is at the northern part of its range while the gray birch is at the southern part of its range.