Missing Zion National Park hiker Holly Courtier found alive after 12 days

Missing Zion National Park hiker Holly Courtier found alive after 12 days
Missing woman Holly Courtier and her daughter Kailey Chambers. Source: Kailey Chambers
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Daily US Times: A California woman found alive and safe on Sunday after she was missing for nearly two weeks at Zion National Park in Utah. She is reunited with her family.

The 38-year-old Holly Suzanne Courtier hadn’t been seen since riding a private shuttle into the park’s Grotto area on October 6. Multiple search and rescue efforts were made after her disappearance, but the efforts were complicated by the fact that Courtier didn’t have a cell phone and hadn’t left a trip itinerary.

The Zion National Park Service said in a news release that park rangers located Courtier after receiving a “credible tip from a park visitor,” adding that Courtier has since left the park with her family.

In a statement released by the park service, Courtier’s family said: “We are overjoyed that she was found safely today. We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly looked for her day and night and never gave up hope.”

Her family expressed their gratitude to the countless volunteers who were generous with their time, support and resources. This wouldn’t have been possible without the network of people who came together, the family said.

The search for Courtier brought together local, state and federal resources, including the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Canyon National Emergency Service Team, plus park staff and volunteers.

The Park Service did not reveal anything about Courtier’s health or her whereabouts for the past 12 days.

Courtier was reported missing by her family on October 8, two days after she failed to return to the shuttle after heading out on the Kayenta Trail toward the Emerald Pools.

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