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Woman missing for 12 days found alive in Utah national park

Written by on 19/10/2020

The family of a woman who went missing for 12 days in a national park in Utah have said they are “overjoyed” after she was found safe and well.

Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, was dropped off at Zion National Park on 6 October, but did not appear for her scheduled pick-up time later that day.

The National Park Service said Ms Courtier was found by search and rescue teams after it received a “credible tip” from another visitor.

It said: “Search and rescue crews found Holly Suzanne Courtier today within Zion National Park. Park Rangers received a credible tip from a park visitor that they had seen Courtier within the park. Courtier has been reunited with and has left the park with her family.”

Local media reports said Ms Courtier, who is an experienced hiker, had set off on a road trip to visit national parks after losing her job due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is not known how she managed to survive for so long in the park.

Holly Courtier is an experienced hiker but the terrain is tough in the park
Image: Holly Courtier is an experienced hiker but the terrain is tough in the park

In a statement her family said: “We are overjoyed that she was found safely today.

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“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.”

The search included K-9 units and federal, state and local rescue teams and volunteers.

A GoFundMe page initially set up to cover the cost of the search raised more than $10,400 (£8,018) and the money will also be used to pay for any treatment Ms Courtier needs.

Describing the Zion National Park, the park service said: “Within its 232 square miles are high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons, and the Virgin River and its tributaries.”

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