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Search for missing woman continues in CVNP

8/28/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

UPDATE: Body recovered in Cuyahoga River

CVNP — On Aug. 28 at approximately 6 p.m., the National Park Service (NPS) and several agencies recovered a body in the Cuyahoga River north of Highland Road Bridge in Brecksville.

According to NPS officials, the body was discovered by two NPS law enforcement rangers hiking off-trail near the Cuyahoga River. The park rangers were searching for Hillary Sharma, a 30-year-old Eastlake resident who had been reported missing. Sharma’s vehicle was found at the Boston Store Visitor Center in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) around midnight Aug. 21.

Identification of the body and cause of death are pending determination by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, according to NPS officials.

The recovery of the body was coordinated by the NPS, Cleveland Metroparks, Brecksville Fire Department, Southwest Emergency Response Team, Brecksville Police Department and Sagamore Hills Police Department, according to NPS officials.

Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.

Hillary Sharma is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, 120 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.
Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
CVNP — Investigators in the search for Hillary Sharma, a 30-year-old Eastlake resident, called for the help of river paddlers Aug. 24 in canvassing the Cuyahoga River from Boston Township north to Station Road in Brecksville.

According to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) officials, some of Sharma’s personal items were found in a remote area north of Boston along the river, and paddlers assisting in the search are asked to look for any out-of-the-ordinary items.

Paddlers should be aware of hazards on the Cuyahoga River, including an impassable low-head dam just north of Station Road and potential poor water quality, according to park officials. For more information on water quality, visit www.nps.gov/cuva/naturescience/waterquality.htm.

The Eastlake Police Department issued an alert regarding Sharma’s disappearance Aug. 22. That evening, shortly after midnight, her car was located at Boston Store Visitor Center in Peninsula, according to CVNP officials.

Since then, search teams have included ground teams with search dogs, horse patrols, boats on the Cuyahoga River and a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, according to park officials.

The search is being led by a joint incident command including the National Park Service, Valley Fire District and Brecksville Fire Department. Investigators also are hoping to determine why Sharma is missing, according to CVNP officials.

Anyone with information about Sharma is asked to call the National Park dispatch office at 440-546-5945.

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