(ONN) – The family of a 44-year old woman from Chillicothe who was killed in Hocking Hills State Park on Labor Day wants to know the circumstances surrounding how she died — and they’re hoping a $10,000 dollar reward will help.
Photographer Victoria Schafer was at the park with some high school students to take their senior pictures.
The group was at Old Man’s Cave when a heavy log became “dislodged” and fell on top of her, killing her.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it’s looking for a group of people in connection to her death, and believe someone saw something that day.
Victoria’s husband, Fritz, hopes getting answers in her death can prevent this from happening to someone else.
Anyone who has information that could help authorities, including video or pictures from the park on that day, should contact Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-8477 or the ODNR at 614-799-9538.
An area man has died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run crash.
Anthony Ervin, 18, of Bloomdale, was struck around 10:45 Wednesday night by a small, silver pickup truck on Napoleon Road near Terra State Community College in Fremont, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
He was flown from the scene to a hospital in Toledo and then later transferred to OSU Medical Center in Columbus.
He died on Saturday.
The highway patrol says Ervin was outside his vehicle after crashing when he was struck by the passing truck, which kept going.
The small, silver pickup was never located, and anyone with information on its whereabouts is urged to contact the highway patrol at 419-322-0085.
At an event in Findlay over the weekend, 100 butterflies were released into the air to signify the goal of preventing 100 percent of suicides.
“Yes! There goes a hundred monarchs. This should be your inspiration to get you excited about going out and making a change in this community,” said Eric McKee, the executive director of NAMI Hancock County.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness put on the Suicide Prevention Vigil & Butterfly Release on Sunday at Gateway Plaza, off of Main Street just north of the Blanchard River.
The event featured 11 silhouettes painted black that symbolize the 11 people who died by suicide in Hancock County last year.
Another 12 yellow silhouettes symbolize the projected suicide deaths for 2020, the ones that McKee says we can work together to help save.
At the event, it was also announced that a butterfly garden will be built and two benches placed in the gazebo at Gateway Plaza so people will have a nice place to sit down and talk.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
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