Body of missing Virginia firefighter found

 Since Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff was reported missing April 15,  her relatives have appealed to the public for help finding her.

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  • Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff had been missing for over a week
  • Authorities have ruled out foul play in her death, affiliate says

(CNN)The body of a Virginia firefighter has been discovered at a national park nearly a week after she failed to show up at work, authorities say.

Virginia State Police officers discovered the body Thursday in Shenandoah National Park, CNN affiliate WJLA reported.
    Nicole Mittendorff's 2009 Mini Cooper was found Saturday night, a day after she was reported missing.
    In addition to the remains, police said they found a suicide note in her vehicle, according to the affiliate. It said authorities have ruled out foul play in her death.
    Nicole Mittendorff, 31, was last heard from in text messages on Wednesday, family and friends have said on social media.
    Officers discovered the remains in treacherous, rocky terrain more than a mile from where her car was parked, authorities said.
    Since she was reported missing April 15, her relatives and colleagues have appealed to the public for help finding her.
    The 31-year-old was last heard from via text messages April 13, family and friends have said.