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Missing hiker Holly Courtier found in Zion National Park in Utah, the family says



The National Park Service said search and rescue teams found Courtier Sunday after receiving “a credible tip from a park visitor that they had seen Courtier in the park.”

They said Courtier had since been reunited with his family and left the park.

In a statement, Courtiers’ family said they were very happy she had been found safe.

“We would like to thank rangers and search teams who relentlessly searched 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.

Daughter wants help from hikers to help bring mom home

“This would not have been possible without the network of people coming together,” the Chambers-Courtier family said in a statement.

“We are all just overwhelmed and grateful,” family friend Kelley Kaufman told CNN.

Courtier was last seen out of a shuttle bus at the Grotto area stop, leading to several Zion hiking trails, according to the National Park Service.

The park service says Zion’s 232 square kilometers contain “high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep sandstone gorges and the Virgin River and its tributaries.” From the highest peak to the lowest gorge, it’s a difference of 5,000 feet.

Zion National Park thanked those who had helped search for the Courtier, including the Sheriff’s Office in Washington County, K-9 units, search teams and rangers from other national parks and volunteers.

Courtiers daughter Kailey Chambers had traveled to Zion to try to find her mother.

She told CNN on Saturday that she usually talks to her mother almost every day and was worried as she had not heard from her in well over a week.

“This was her dream of seeing national parks,” Chambers said. “She lost her job as a nanny because of Covid-19. The family could not afford to continue paying her. She made it a positive thing – said it gave her time to get out, see the parks.”

Chambers appealed for help from other hikers to help find Courtier, but she said her mother was a fit, experienced hiker and a warrior who could survive for more than a week outdoors in the rugged glory of all of Zion.

“If I could say anything to her, I would say just keep fighting,” Chambers said.


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