Body found in Sandbridge identified as missing Diane Hartzog

Posted at 9:04 PM, Jan 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-22 13:10:54-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - Virginia Beach police have confirmed that the woman's body found in Sandbridge on Sunday is that of Diane Hartzog.

The 59-year-old Hartzog was reported missing by her family on Christmas Eve and was last seen walking in the 3500 block of Sandfiddler Road near the home they were renting.

Police said they scoured the area for a day using a helicopter, K-9 units, and ATVs. Her family and volunteers looked even longer, spreading posters. But over the weekend, just a few houses from where she was last seen, a neighbor spotted her body in bushes.

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No one can explain how such an expansive police search came up empty when later she was just down the street from the rental house. But police do not think it's a crime.

Diane Hartzog was from Wilmington. She has a daughter and two sons, including one stationed in Norfolk - that's why the family was here for Christmas in Sandbridge.