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Woman’s Body Found After Extended Search

Cape Cod National Seashore

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Rangers working during the early morning hours of August 21st were informed of a missing person report that came back to a registered owner of a vehicle that had been run by rangers earlier. The vehicle was parked at the Nauset Light Beach parking lot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the town of Eastham. The missing person, identified as Rachel Collins, 37, had attended a local high school and grown up within two miles of the parking lot. A two-day search took place.  The NPS was the lead agency and received assistance from Eastham police, state police, and the Coast Guard. The search covered both land and ocean areas and entailed the use of helicopters, a vessel with a dive team, dog teams and ground search teams.  After two days, the search was scaled back and entailed ATV patrols along the beach, cadaver dog work near the parking lot, and a vessel with a dive team working the water. Collin's body was found around noon by boaters on August 24th, about 11 miles from the Nauset Light Beach parking lot off the town of Chatham.  The Office of the Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine cause of death.


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