"She injured her head on a tree," Courtier's 19-year-old daughter, Kailey Chambers, said. "She was very disoriented as a result and thankfully ended up near a water source — a river bed. She thought her best chance of survival was to stay next to a water source."
Chambers said the injury occurred early in Courtier's hike. She also said her mother had become so weak that she could not take more than a couple steps without collapsing. Despite being near the river, Courtier became dehydrated and weak.
"This prevented her from being able to seek out help. She told me she was so dehydrated she couldn't open her mouth," Chambers said.
A park official told Fox News via email that a "credible tip" sent rangers to a "thickly vegetated area along the Virgin River." Another person reported spotting Courtier.