A tourist who went missing in Zion National Park in Utah earlier this month was found after a large-scale search, park officials said on Sunday.
Search and rescue crews found Holly Suzanne Cortier after rangers received a “reliable tip” from a park visitor who said he saw her in the park, according to a press release from the National Park Service.
Cortier, a 38-year-old mother, reunited with her family and left the park, the park service said.
“We are very happy that she was found safely today,” the family said in a statement. “We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who have been searching for her day and night and never lost hope. We are also grateful to the countless volunteers who have been generous with their time, resources and support. It would be impossible without a network of people gathered. “
Fox News asked the family to comment. Local authorities have independently confirmed that the courtier was found alive.
No further details were provided on how she was found or how she managed to survive on her own for almost two weeks.
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The courtier was last seen on October 6 at about 1:30 p.m. The NPC said it was dropped off by a private shuttle in the Grotto parking area. She was scheduled to be picked up by a private shuttle at 4:40 p.m. that day, but she never showed up.
Her daughter Kaylee Chambers told Fox News that her mother was an avid tourist who loved being outdoors.
“She absolutely loves hiking, and it’s one of her favorite pastimes, and when she needs clarity and some time with herself, nature is her happy place,” Chambers said.
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A 19-year-old college student in San Diego, having suspended her studies, went to Utah to look for her mother. She was in the park two weeks before her mother’s disappearance to celebrate the Chamber’s 19th birthday, people.com reports.
Louis Casiano of Fox News participated in this report.