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



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

They said Courtier has since been reunited with her family and left the park.

In a statement, Courtier’s family said they were overjoyed that it had been found safe.

“We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who searched tirelessly for her day and night and who never gave up hope. We are also so grateful to the countless volunteers who have been generous with their time, resources and support.

Daughter wants help from hikers to bring mother home

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

“We’re all just overwhelmed and grateful,” Kelley Kaufman, a friend of the family, told CNN.

Courtier was last seen stepping out of a shuttle van at the Grotto stop, which, according to the National Park Service, leads to several Zion hiking trails.

The valet says Zion’s 232 square miles contain “plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep sandstone canyons, and the Virgin River and its tributaries.” From the highest peak to the lowest canyon, the difference is about 5,000 feet.

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

Courtier’s daughter, Kailey Chambers, had traveled to Zion to try to find her mother.

She told CNN on Saturday that she usually spoke to her mother almost every day and was worried when she hadn’t heard from her in more than a week.

“This was her dream to see national parks,” said Chambers. “She lost her nanny job because of Covid-19. The family couldn’t afford to keep paying her. She did that positively – said it gave her time to get out and see the parks.”

Chambers asked other hikers to help find Courtier, but she said her mother was a fit, experienced hiker and a fighter who could survive outdoors in Zion’s harsh glory for more than a week.

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


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