A hiker who went missing in Utah’s Zion National Park earlier this month was found after a massive search effort, park officials said Sunday.
Search and rescue workers found Holly Suzanne Courtier after rangers received a “credible tip” from a park visitor who said they saw her in the park, the National Park Service said in a press release.
Courtier, a 38-year-old mother, has been reunited with her family and has left the park, valet parking said.
“We are overjoyed that she was found safely today,” the family said in a statement. “We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who tirelessly searched for her day and night and who never gave up hope. We are also very grateful to the countless volunteers who have been generous with their time, resources and support. This would not have been possible without the network of people who came together. “
Fox News reached out to the family with a request for comment. Local authorities have independently confirmed that Courtier has been found alive.
No additional information was given on how she was found or how she managed to survive on her own for almost two weeks.
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Courtier was last seen on October 6th at around 1:30 p.m. The NPS said she was dropped off in a private shuttle in the park’s grotto parking lot. She was supposed to be picked up by a private shuttle at 4:40 pm that day, but she never showed up.
Her daughter, Kailey Chambers, told Fox News that her mother was an avid hiker who loved being outside.
“She loves hiking, and it is one of her favorite things to do. When she needs clarity and wants to spend some time with herself, the outdoors is her happy place,” said Chambers.
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The 19-year-old student from San Diego left college and went to Utah to look for her mother. She had been in the park two weeks before her mother disappeared to celebrate Chambers’ 19th birthday, people.com reported.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.