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Contact: Jennie Vasarhelyi, CVNP, 440-546-5990, 440-343-7352 (cell)
Brecksville, Ohio – Human remains have been found near the Valley Picnic Area in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The National Park Service is the lead agency on an investigation with support from the FBI Evidence Response Team and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Around 5 p.m. on Monday, September 9, two hikers reported finding a possible human jawbone near the Valley Picnic Area. The National Park Service has confirmed that the remains are human and initiated an investigation. On Tuesday, September 10, the FBI Evidence Response Team began a search of the area and has found additional human remains and clothing. Identity and cause of death are not known at this time. However, the case is being treated as a homicide until proven otherwise.
The Valley Picnic Area is located on Riverview Road in Boston Township. The Valley Picnic Area and Oak Hill Trail System are closed until further notice.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting.