Girl lacking in Zion Nationwide Park is discovered alive


A Woodland Hills hiker who was reported lacking for 2 weeks inside Zion Nationwide Park in Utah was discovered and reunited along with her household Sunday.

A vigorous seek for 38-year-old Holly Suzanne Courtier had been underway after she failed to indicate up for a scheduled shuttle departure from the park Oct. 6. Courtier, who had been dropped off for a hike earlier that day, was reported lacking Oct. eight, in keeping with the Nationwide Park Service.

“We’re overjoyed that she was discovered safely as we speak. We want to thank the rangers and search groups who relentlessly seemed for her day and evening and by no means gave up hope,” her household mentioned in an announcement supplied by the park service.

The assertion mentioned a “credible tip” from a park customer, who mentioned they’d seen Courtier throughout the park, led to her rescue. However officers didn’t present details about Courtier’s situation or the placement the place she was discovered. A park service spokeswoman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Sunday.

Courtier’s daughter, Kailey Chambers, chronicled the seek for her mom within the 148,000-acre park and sought ideas by the web site helpfindholly.com.

Final week, Chambers posted on Instagram: “The rangers have knowledgeable me that except they collect further intel they are going to solely be persevering with their seek for 1-2 extra days. It’s getting all the way down to the ultimate few days of survival with out meals.”

Chambers has mentioned her mom is an skilled hiker who was conversant in Zion Nationwide Park and had completed solo hikes previously. She instructed KCBS-TV Channel 2 final week that Courtier had been visiting nationwide parks throughout the nation in a transformed van after dropping her job as a nanny in the course of the pandemic.

Officers from quite a few companies, together with the park service, Washington County Sheriff’s Workplace and Utah Division of Wildlife Sources, in addition to volunteers, aided within the seek for Courtier.

“We’re additionally so grateful to the numerous volunteers who had been beneficiant with their time, assets and help. This wouldn’t have been attainable with out the community of people that got here collectively,” Courtier’s household’s assertion mentioned.

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