Hiker found alive 2 weeks after disappearance in Zion National Park

by Joel Abbott · Oct 19th, 2020 1:02 pm
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Last Updated Oct 20th, 2020 at 8:16 am

A missing 38-year-old woman was found Sunday in Utah's Zion National Park after disappearing on a hike earlier this month.

Holly Suzanne Courtier was last seen exiting a park shuttle around 1:30 p.m on October 6. According to her daughter, Courtier has been traveling the country in a converted van due to the loss of her job in the COVID-19 lockdowns. She is reportedly an experienced hiker.

Courtier failed to return to the shuttle – the only way for visitors to currently access the park – to get back to her car at 4:40 p.m. Two days later, her family reported her missing. Police attempted to track her phone, but she had left the device at home in California. She had also not left any type of itinerary indicating her plans.

Courtier's 19-year old daughter, Kailey Chambers, left San Diego to join in a massive search and rescue operation over the past two weeks.

In addition to volunteers, the search included the Washington County Sheriff's Office, K-9 Units from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Search Dogs Search and Rescue Teams, the Grand Canyon National Park Emergency Service Team, and Bryce Canyon National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area Park Rangers.

Courtier was located after "a credible tip from a park visitor" who had seen her in the park, according to the official report. She has now been reunited with her family.

"We are overjoyed that she was found safely today," wrote the family. "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."


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