Body found in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Hillary Sharma

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has positively identified the body found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as Hillary Sharma.

The 30-year-old from Eastlake had been missing since last Tuesday.

Two park rangers discovered her body around 6 p.m. Thursday while searching Sharma.

The body was discovered just north of the Highland Road bridge, near Red Lock Trail Head.

About 30 people were out searching for Hillary on the ground Thursday. Mary Pat Doorley, a spokesperson for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, reports the rangers were in a heavily wooded area of the park where they were "back country hiking."

The rangers "were looking for signs or for Hillary herself and they went down along the riverbank and they discovered a body in the river," Doorley told WKYC's Hilary Golston.

"Once that occurred, that's when we had the recovery begin here tonight."

At its height, the search for Sharma involved hundreds, Including air and water support with kayakers on the river.

"The process since the first discovery of her vehicle was overwhelming response by the local jurisdictions and agencies coming in to help with the search.

Over 40 different organizations helped," Doorley said.

Thursday marks one week since Sharma's vehicle was discovered at the Boston Store Visitor Center parking lot, at the park.

Multiple emergency agencies were called in to assist with pulling the body from the river, which took about three hours.

"Our condolences go out to Hillary's family and friends," Doorley told WKYC Friday evening. "We also wishes to thank the many organizations and individuals who provided assistance in the search."


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