Teens face murder charges in woman’s death at state park

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Two teenagers charged in the death of an Ohio woman who was hit by a falling piece of
tree at a state park now face murder charges in juvenile court and the possibility they will be tried as
adults.
The Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday upgraded charges against the 16-year-old and
17-year-old to murder, felonious assault and involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 2 death of
44-year-old Victoria Schafer. They’d denied previous charges of reckless homicide.
Prosecutors also requested a transfer to adult court.
Schafer was struck by a falling hemlock log while standing on stairs near Old Man’s Cave at Hocking Hills
State Park in southeastern Ohio. The Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee) woman, a local photographer, died
at the scene.
Investigators found evidence the falling piece wasn’t a natural occurrence.