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Woman missing at Zion National Park is experienced hiker who recently lost her job due to the pandemic: Report

A California woman who has been missing for a week is an avid hiker and is familiar with Zion National Park, where she was last seen on October 6, her daughter said.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, was last seen arriving via private shuttle bus to the Grotto parking area at Zion National Park in Utah at about 1:30 p.m. on October. She did not appear for the return trip on the shuttle later that afternoon, as expected.

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Courtier’s daughter Kailey Chambers told CBS News that her mother had been traveling throughout the U.S. in a converted van since losing her job as a nanny due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chambers said that Courtier took the shuttle van into the park because personal vehicles are prohibited there. It is not clear if investigators have located Courtier’s vehicle.

The missing woman’s daughter said Courtier is an experienced hiker and familiar with Zion National Park. Chambers said she and her mother had hiked there together a few months ago, and that it is not unusual for Courtier to go hiking alone.

Courtier is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing about 100 pounds. Photos show that she has brown hair with highlights and light blue or green eyes. At the time of her disappearance, Courtier may have been wearing a black Patagonia Nano puff jacket, a gray trucker hat, and Danner Trail hiking boots. She may also have a cream-colored hoodie, a camouflage hammock, and a Rumple Nanoloft blanket.

Rescuers have continued to search for the missing woman on hiking trails and elsewhere in the national park.


Anyone with information is urged to contact the National Park Service tip line at (888) 653-0009.

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