WEST GLACIER, Mont. — A 34-year-old Virginia woman reported missing in Glacier National Park was found deceased in a wilderness area, with her cause of death under investigation, according to an update Sunday night.
The body of Jennifer Coleman, who was reported missing Wednesday, was found in a steep and rocky area near the Continental Divide, said an update posted on social media by the AWARE Foundation, a Roanoke-based nonprofit that works to help families with missing loved ones.
“Jennifer Coleman, daughter of one of our own AWARE family, Hal and Sharon Coleman, has been located deceased,” the organization posted on Facebook. “Details surrounding this tragedy are not available at this time. Please respect the family as they process their grief & loss. Please also respect us with the foundation as we comfort the Colemans.”
Search teams were looking for Coleman, of Richmond, whose vehicle was found parked atop a mountain pass at Glacier National Park, officials said Friday.
Coleman was believed to have left on a solo hike in the Logan Pass area early this week.
She was last heard from via a Monday text message, then failed to pick up her dogs the next day from a boarding facility as scheduled, according to a missing person advisory posted by the AWARE Foundation.
Coleman grew up in Roanoke County and graduated from North Cross School, and her parents both serve on the board of the AWARE Foundation.
“Most of us are just in shock right now,” Kenny Jarels, the founder of AWARE, said last week, adding it’s not often that one of their cases strikes so close to home.
“I know Jennifer well,” he said, “and she’s an amazing young woman.”
Coleman’s belongings were found at her campsite in Montana at the West Glacier KOA campground by sheriff’s deputies who were conducting a welfare check, said Glacier spokesperson Brandy Burke. The search for Coleman began Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call 406-888-7077.
Roanoke Times staff writer Alicia Petska contributed information to this report.