Woman who vanished in Yosemite National Park found dead the same day park officials reported her missing

A missing woman who disappeared after going hiking at Yosemite National Park in California was found dead on January 16, though park officials did not publicly report her death until nearly a week later.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, “Alice” Yu Xie  had traveled to the national park to hike to the top of Yosemite Falls on January 14. She had reportedly planned to be hiking for only one day, and was reported “overdue” on January 15, according to the Associated Press. As the report notes, officials announced her disappearance on January 16 on the Yosemite National Park’s website and social media channels. On January 22, the park service announced through updated posts that she had been found dead on January 16, the same day her disappearance was made public. Her body was reportedly found at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall.

The park service did not immediately offer an explanation for the delay in reporting Xie’s death. Investigators are continuing to seek witnesses who were on the trail to the top of Upper Yosemite Fall on January 14 or 15, even if they did not see Xie.

Xie was 41 years old and a Chinese national, and had traveled to the national park from Mariposa on the YARTS bus, though it is not clear if she was living in Mariposa. She was petite; weighing about 100 pounds and standing under 5 feet tall, with neck-length black hair. She reportedly wearing black jeans with multiple layers on top: a black shirt, striped red and black shirt, and either a grey hooded sweatshirt with “Yosemite Half Dome” written on the front or black hooded jacket. At the time of her disappearance, she was reportedly carrying a small green backpack with two water bottles. The National Park Service shared a photo of the backpack, though it is not clear if it was recovered from Xie’s body or if it was found elsewhere during the search.

Anyone with possible information is urged to contact the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch at 888-653-0009 or submit at tip at their website: www.nps.gov/ISB.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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