Holly Courtier, the 38 year old California resident, remains a missing person over one week after her latest hiking trip.
Ms. Courtier is an avid hiker and traveled to Zion National Park in Utah last week for a solo hike.
She was last seen on October 6 around 1:30 pm.
— Zion National Park (@ZionNPS) October 10, 2020
— HLN (@HLNTV) October 13, 2020
Local authorities conducted a press conference on October 13 to update the general public.
Deputy Chief Ranger Andrew Fitzgerald said:
“Right now we are committed to finding Holly. We are going to keep searching as long as there are clues or leads. We don’t have a predicted time when we would stop searching.”
Courtier rode a private shuttle to the Grotto area of the park around 1:30 pm.
She was expected to return on that shuttle around 4:40 pm.
Riding a shuttle is not unusual since the park limits vehicle access in certain areas.
Her car was found in a neighboring town.
Courtier left her phone in California so there is no way to track her electronically.
Courtier’s Daughter Speaks Out
Kailey Chambers is Courtier’s 19-year-old daughter.
Chambers last spoke to her mother on October 2.
Courtier’s daughter did not know her mother’s specific itinerary for this trip.
But she did mention that her mother was a nanny who lost her job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Courtier bought a van and planned to retrofit it so there was internal living space for her while she traveled.
Since being unemployed, Courtier’s goal was to visit national parks and go hiking.
On October 12, Chambers also said:
“They have many search parties out looking for her. A lot of locals have gathered together to create extra search parties. The rangers have informed me that unless they gather additional intel they will only be continuing their search for 1-2 more days. It’s getting down to the final few days of survival without food. All the prayers we can get for her safe return and the safety of all those searching for her is greatly appreciated. I want to thank all of you for the kind messages, prayers, words or encouragement and all the reposts. They will be putting her on Fox News in the morning. Please keep reposting we need as many people as possible talking about her don’t let this go away.”
Search and Rescue Continues
Local authorities have said this remains a search and rescue operation.
They believe the mild weather may help Courtier if she is lost or injured.
Zion National Park’s Chief of Interpretation Amanda Rolland said:
“We have been searching throughout Zion National Park, due to no specific itinerary. In our Search and Rescue operations, we have used helicopters, currently, due to the terrain, we have been mainly focusing on using ground search crews. There are four to five SAR teams a day out in the park.”
Anyone who rode the shuttle on the afternoon on October 6 or was hiking in that area of Zion National Park is encouraged to contact authorities if they saw or heard anything that can assist with the successful rescue of Holly Courtier.