PHOTO: The likely remains of Nicole Mittendorff have been found in a remote and rocky section of the Shenandoah National Park.
Police called off their massive search for the missing woman at around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday after locating what they think to be her body.
Although that victim has only been tentatively IDd, a relative already publicly acknowledged last night that Mittendorff was found dead:
"We believe that Nicole has been found and is finally coming home," the family's written statement, in part, read. "However not the way we anticipated."
A law enforcement official said searchers came across Mittendorff's corpse almost a mile from where her vehicle had been located days after she initially vanished this month.
For the first time during the frantic quest to find the Virgina firefighter and paramedic alive, authorities also revealed the existence of "a suicide note."
The 31-year-old triathlete allegedly left the farewell letter inside her abandoned 2009 Mini Cooper.
Mittendorff's odd missing persons case garnered intense public scrutiny and debate throughout the week because her husband is a state trooper and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance were vague, at best.
According to new reports, the couple had been "estranged" for several months and may have even been attempting to "reconcile" when Nicole Mittendorff abruptly went missing after calling in sick at her place of employment.
The Fairfax County Fire-and-Rescue worker's high-profile disappearance and cause of death is now being investigated by local, state and federal agencies, although "foul play isn't suspected" at this time.
Meanwhile, a Virginia medical examiner is endeavoring to positively identify the human remains recovered from park lands yesterday near one of the wilderness trails the avid sportswoman frequently jogged.
This is just a formality, however, since there's very little doubt they'll be confirmed as those of Nicole Mittendorff, who apparently planned -- and succeeded -- in taking her own life.