GOOD NEWS! A Hiker Who Was Missing for Nearly Two Weeks Found Alive in Zion National Park
Good News from Zion National Park! According to a press release put out by Zion National Park, a hiker missing in Zion National Park for nearly two weeks has been found alive on Sunday, October 18. “Search and Rescue crews found Holly Suzanne Courtier today within Zion National Park. Park Rangers received a credible tip from a park visitor that they had seen Courtier within the park. Courtier has been reunited with and has left the park with her family,” according to the press release. They said Courtier had since been reunited with her family and left the park, according to a CNN report. "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," the Chambers-Courtier family said in a statement. Courtier was last seen getting off a shuttle van at the Grotto area stop that leads to several Zion hiking trails, according to the National Park Service. The park service says Zion's 232 square miles contain "high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons, and the Virgin River and its tributaries." From the highest peak to the lowest canyon is about a 5,000-foot difference. Zion National Park thanked those who had helped search for Courtier, including the Washington County Sheriff's Office, K-9 units, search teams and rangers from other national parks, and volunteers. Courtier's daughter Kailey Chambers had traveled to Zion to try to find her mother. She told CNN on Saturday that she usually talked to her mother almost every day and was worried when she had not heard from her for well over a week, according to the CNN report. "This was her dream, to see national parks," Chambers said. "She lost her job as a nanny due to Covid-19. The family could not afford to keep paying her. She made that a positive thing -- said that gave her the time to get out, see the parks." Chambers appealed for help from other hikers to help find Courtier but she said her mother was a fit, experienced hiker and a fighter who could survive for more than a week outdoors in all of Zion's rugged glory. __ Nugent Magazine loves sharing GOOD NEWS, GOOD PEOPLE, and GOOD THINGS happening in Utah and the world. If you have a story you think we should feature please contact us on our website or email Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.