Holly Courtier found alive 12 days after she went missing at Zion National Park

Holly Courtier found alive 12 days after she went missing at Zion National Park

Courtier, 38, was dropped off by a private shuttle bus at the Grotto park area on Oct. 6. She was scheduled to be picked up at 4:40 p.m., but never returned. Search and rescue crews found Courtier on Sunday after a park visitor told rangers that they had seen her within the park. A Zion official told The Salt Lake Tribune that Courtier was able to leave the park with her family, but offered no other details on her condition or where she was found. “We are overjoyed that she was found safely today,” Courtier’s family said in a statement released by the park. “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.” Data for missing persons on federal public land in the United States is notoriously unreliable, but the total number could exceed 1,600 people, according to some reports. The National Park Service maintains a cold-case roster of people who have gone missing in national parks and have never been found. The web page currently has information about 23 missing persons and several unsolved homicides dating back to 1967. The park service also posts announcements about ongoing search and rescue work, including five recent updates about Courtier. The last, announcing that she’s alive ...
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