A University of Virginia lecturer is missing after her wrecked car was found in a park, authorities said.
Julia Christine Devlin, 55, who works in the college’s economics department, was last seen on security footage in her white Lexus sedan entering Shenandoah National Park in Charlottesville on July 14, park officials said.
Three days later, the smashed sedan was discovered off Skyline Drive in the park — with Devlin nowhere to be found, officials said.
The National Park Service has launched a search with help from the state’s Department of Emergency Services.
The operation is focusing on the southern portion of the park where her car was found, authorities said.
“Shenandoah National Park officials urge the public to avoid the area. Due to the ongoing investigation and search dogs activity, the Park is not recruiting volunteers,” park officials said.
UVA spokesman Brian Coy said the college is hoping for her safe return and urged anyone who has information about her disappearance to contact the authorities, news station WVIR reported.