The nationwide search for a missing 2009 graduate of Mashpee High School has come to a end.
Jessica Ronhock has been found dead near Flagstaff, Arizona, nearly three months after she went missing from her dorm room at Elmira College in upstate New York, her parents confirmed this morning.
According to a report from a Phoenix television station, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman says a white SUV belonging to Ms. Ronhock was found Saturday at the bottom of a cliff off Interstate 17, about 200 yards below a scenic overlook. Arizona DPS Sgt. Stephen Robson told KNXV-TV that the crash was more than two months old, and that Ronhock was the only person in the vehicle. The agency says it is unclear how the wreck occurred.
In a post on the "Find Jessie Ronhock" page on Facebook, which had nearly 1,000 followers, Michael and Theresa Ronhock issued the following statement on Sunday morning:
"To all of Jessie's friends and supporters, it is with much grief and heavy hearts that we inform you that Jessica Lynn Ronhock was involved in a fatal car crash on Rt. 17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff Arizona. Jessie was driving on a treacherous segment of Rt. 17 when she lost control of her Jeep and went off of the road. The accident is estimated to have happened sometime in mid January however, because of the remoteness of the area it wasn't until now that she was found in her Jeep at the bottom of a 200ft ravine by some elk hunters. Jessie appeared to be headed home. Rest in Peace Jessie. 1990-2012."