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Missing hiker Holly Courtier found in Zion National Park in Utah, the family says

The National Park Service said search and rescue teams found Courtier on Sunday after receiving “a credible suggestion from a park visitor that they had seen Courtier inside the park.”

They said Courtier had reunited with her family and left the park.

In a statement, Courtier’s family said they were delighted that she was found safe.

“We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly searched for her day and night and never lost hope. We are also very grateful to the countless volunteers who have been generous with their time, resources and support.

The daughter wants the help of the hikers to bring her mother home

“This would not have been possible without the network of people that came together,” the Chambers-Courtier family said in a statement.

“We are all overwhelmed and thankful,” family friend Kelley Kaufman told CNN.

Courtier was last seen getting out of a van at the Grotto area stop leading to several Zion hiking trails, according to the National Park Service.

The park service states that Zion’s 232 square miles contain “plateaus, a labyrinth of deep, narrow sandstone canyons, and the Virgin River and its tributaries.” From the highest peak to the lowest canyon there is a difference of approximately 5,000 feet.

Zion National Park thanked those who contributed to the Courtier search, including the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 units, search teams, and other national park rangers and volunteers.

Courtier’s daughter, Kailey Chambers, had gone to Zion to try to find her mother.

On Saturday she told CNN that she usually talked to her mother most days and was worried when she didn’t hear from her for over a week.

“This was his dream, to see the national parks,” Chambers said. “She lost her job as a nanny due to Covid-19. The family couldn’t afford to keep paying her. She did a good thing – she said it gave her time to go out, see the parks.”

Chambers sought help from other hikers to help find Courtier, but said his mother was an experienced and fit hiker and fighter who could survive for more than a week outdoors in all the rugged glory of Zion.

“If I could tell her anything, I’d say she keeps fighting,” Chambers said.

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