Julia Christine Devlin UVA Body found at Shenandoah National Park

A body has been discovered during the search for a missing University of Virginia lecturer.

Officials believe they have located the body of a University of Virginia lecturer who disappeared in Shenandoah National Park on July 14.

Julia Christine Devlin, 55, was last seen driving into the Charlottesville park in her white Lexus sedan, according to officials.

Julia Christine Devlin UVA Body found at Shenandoah National Park
Julia Christine Devlin

On July 17, three days later, her car was discovered wrecked and abandoned.

The area was canvassed for days by park staff, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, and the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, as well as local search and rescue and K9 teams.

Officials said Saturday morning that remains were discovered in the "extremely steep and rugged terrain in the park's southernmost section."

Although an official identification and cause of death are pending a medical examiner's report, the search for Devlin has been suspended in light of the discovery.

It is unknown whether foul play is suspected.

Prior to the discovery of her remains, a friend of Devlin's told NBC 29 that she would "never disappear" without informing her mother or sister.

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