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Remains found in search for woman

Remains found in search for woman

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A multi-day search for a missing woman was halted last week after remains believed to be that of the missing were discovered.

On July 24, based on preliminary identification of remains found, the search for Julia Christine Devlin, 55, was suspended. The body of a female believed to be Devlin was discovered by searchers at 10 a.m. in extremely steep and rough terrain in the southernmost part of Shenandoah National Park.

The search for Devlin, an economics lecturer at the University of Virginia, began more than a week earlier. She was last seen in Charlottesville July 14 and security footage showed her entering Shenandoah National Park that night. Her white Lexus sedan was found wrecked and abandoned in the southern part of the national park July 17.

The remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Augusta County for positive identification and determination of the cause of death.

The search for Devlin was conducted by Shenandoah National Park with support from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Albemarle Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and the NPS Investigative Services Branch. Assistance was given by numerous search and rescue organizations.

There have been no updates on the cause of death.

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