A woman from California was missing for the past two weeks at the Zion National Park in Utah. On Sunday, she was found safe and sound and was brought to her family.
Holly Suzanne Courtier aged 38, was last seen in a private shuttle into the park’s Grotto area on October 6. Her desertion provoked several search and rescue attempts that were intricate as Courtier didn’t have a cell phone with her and hadn’t informed of any trip schedule.
She was spotted by the park rangers following the tip they received from another visitor, as informed by the National Park Service in a news release. Courtier exited the park with her family.
Courtier’s family reported her missing
“We are overjoyed that she was found safely today,” Courtier’s family stated as per the park service. “We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly looked for her day and night and never gave up hope. We are also so grateful to the countless volunteers who were generous with their time, resources and support. This wouldn’t have been possible without the network of people who came together.”
The hunt for Courtier combined federal, state and local efforts, comprising of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Grand Canyon National Emergency Service Team, with park staff and volunteers.
The health status and her course of journey for the past few days has not been disclosed in the statement by the Park Service.
Her family reported her disappearance on 8th October, after 2 days when she did not come back to the shuttle following her Kayenta Trail towards the Emerald pools. In the town of Springdale, her vehicle was spotted at the park’s southwest entrance, as informed by the officials of Zion.
Kailey Chambers, Courtier’s daughter said to CBS Los Angeles that her mother was an ‘experienced hiker’ and had been roving around the country in an altered van after she lost her job owing to the worldwide pandemic. She said that her mother was well acquainted with Zion National Park.
“I know she would not give up on me, so I refuse to give up on her,” Chambers said to the TV station. “I don’t care if I’m the only person on the trail looking for her, I’m not going to stop until I find her.”