Third person sentenced in the death of a former Parkersburg resident who was struck by a log

WTAP News @ 5 - Third person sentenced in death of Parkersburg native
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 12:17 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 5:07 PM EDT
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UNDATED- (WTAP) The mother of Victoria Shafer says the sentencings of three people in the death of her daughter doesn’t make up for her family’s loss.

Jennifer Keup, herself a former Parkersburg resident, told us Wednesday that, while the case may be over, the memories of what happened will go on forever.

And while families with similar losses often look upon the resolution of the court cases as “closure”, she and other members of Shafer’s family don’t feel that way.

”This is not like an episode of ‘Law and Order’. The case isn’t closed in our memories of Victoria and those times when we’ve had to face some awful things, because of all that has happened. But there’s no such thing as closure; there’s no such thing as ‘case closed’. If everyone’s sentenced, it’s still a huge loss in your life.”

Shafer, a 1992 graduate of Parkersburg High School, was a professional photographer. She was working on a photo shoot September 3, 2019, at Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio, when she was struck by a tree that had been dislodged above her.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A third person has been sentenced in the death of a woman killed when she was struck by a log that two teenage boys had pushed off a cliff at an Ohio state park.

Miranda Spencer received a suspended 90-day jail sentence Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to obstructing official business, a misdemeanor offense.

The 20-year-old Nelsonville woman initially was charged with a felony count of obstructing justice in the Sept. 2, 2019 death of Victoria Schafer at Hocking Hills State Park.

Schafer, a 44-year-old married mother of four, was taking photos at the foot of the stairs at Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park when she was struck.

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