Good Samaritan recalls comforting teen found shot in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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PENINSULA, Ohio - A horrifying sight, that's how a man describes what he encountered as he helped to comfort a woman who had been shot multiple times and left to die on the edge of a pasture in the Cuyahoga Valley National Parks.

The discovery was made by five joggers who were running the Valley Bridal Trail near the south boundary of the park about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

The victim, described as an African-American woman about 18-years-old, was lying in a fetal position in the grass not far from the trail.

The exact spot is in an isolated area off of Akron Peninsula road about two and a half miles south of the Peninsula Police Department.

Fox 8 News agreed not to identify the man who says he was flagged down by one of the joggers and went to comfort the victim before help arrived.

He believes she had already been there for hours and, although she had been shot several times in the head, was still alive and was able to speak.

The man says she told him she felt hot and asked how soon help would arrive.

From what he observed at the scene he believes she may have even attempted to move herself from another location to where she was found trying to get help.

The victim was transported to a local hospital but she has not been able to communicate with authorities.

Special investigators with the National Park Service were in Peninsula on Tuesday from as far away as Yosemite in California.

They are being helped by the FBI and Peninsula police.

Investigators told Fox 8 News on Tuesday that they have checked the woman against reports of missing persons but nothing has panned out.

They have also been following tips that have been phoned in but progress has been slow going.

The victim did not have any identification on her when she was found.

Investigators hope her clothing, blue jean shorts, a pink halter top and white Nike tennis shoes might help someone identify who she is.

"You know I think the biggest question out there that's really hard to answer because we don't know who she is which means, until you know who she is it's hard to know what happened and who did it, was this an isolated incident or not?" said CVNP Spokesperson Jennie Vasarhelyi.

Authorities hope someone might have seen or knows something that can help them begin to unravel the mystery.

They are asking anyone who thinks they can help to call a National Park Tip Line at 440-546-5945.

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