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2 Women Found Dead in Shenandoah National Park

June 4, 1996

LURAY, Va. (AP) _ The deaths of two women hikers, whose bodies were found over the weekend at a campsite in Shenandoah National Park, are being investigated as homicides, authorities said Monday.

A search for the women, whose names have not been released, began after the father of one called to say she was late returning from a camping trip, said park spokesman Paul Pfenninger.

Two park rangers found the bodies Saturday near the Skyland Lodge, about 25 miles east of Luray near the Appalachian Trail, said Ron Fankhauser of the park service.

Authorities speculated that the women, described as in their 20s, might have been killed several days ago. The bodies were taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Fairfax, FBI Agent Stanley Klein said.

Fankhauser said the park was sending extra rangers into the back country to let hikers know what had happened.

Six years ago, two people were killed on the Appalachian Trail near Duncannon, Pa. In 1991, Paul David Crew was convicted in the deaths of Molly LaRue, 25, and Geoffrey Logan Hood, 26.

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