A missing mother has been reunited with her family after she was found in Zion National Park after being missing for nearly two weeks.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, park officials confirmed on Sunday that Holly Suzanne Courtier had been located after a witness contacted authorities about a sighting in the park.
According to CNN, park officials indicated that Courtier had been reunited with her family right away, and left the park with them. It is unclear if she was expected to go to a hospital,
The 38-year-old woman who lives in California, had last been seen on October 6 aboard a shuttle bus at the Grotto parking area. According to multiple reports, the national park does not allow personal vehicles, and Courtier’s own car was later found in a neighboring town. Courtier did not appear for the return shuttle trip, scheduled for late afternoon on October 6, and her family later revealed she had left her phone behind.
Courtier’s 19-year-old daughter said in media interviews that her mother is an experienced hiker and had taken the opportunity to travel through the U.S. after losing her nanny job due to the pandemic.
BREAKING: Holly Suzanne Courtier, who had been missing for nearly two weeks, has been found safely in Zion National Park.https://t.co/Op179YiCnO
— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) October 18, 2020
It is unclear if Courtier told any friends or family members that she was headed to Zion National Park on October 6, but multiple reports have confirmed that she did not mention any longer-term plans.
Authorities have not yet provided further details about Courtier’s condition or how and where she survived for the 12 days she was missing. It is unclear if Courtier knew she was the subject of a massive search effort.
Courtier’s sister Jamie Strong reportedly launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise money for volunteer search efforts. The website indicates that GoFundMe campaign was launched three days ago, while Courtier was still considered missing. On Sunday, the campaign page was updated with the news that Courtier had been found.
“HOLLY HAS BEEN FOUND ALIVE AND WELL!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone’s continued support and prayers! Details on her rescue are limited right now and we will update you when we have all the information.
Please continue sharing this page as Holly will need medical care in the days moving forward. She has no medical insurance to cover the costs and your donations will help.”
Courtier’s family also released a statement on Sunday, obtained by CBS News.
“We are overjoyed that she was found safely today,” the family said. “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.”
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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