Kym L. Pasqualini is the founder and former CEO of Nation's Missing Children Organization and National Center for Missing Adults.
Utah authorities are desperately searching for missing mother Holly Courtier, 38, who vanished in Zion National Park. She was last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m., on October 6, 2020.
It is believed that Holly rode a private shuttle to the Grotto parking area and intended to hike the Kayenta Trail, headed to Emerald Pools, and scheduled to meet the shuttle again at 4:40 p.m.
Holly’s family reported her two days later. Authorities began their search on October 9, 2020, and found her vehicle in a neighboring town. Inside, there was a receipt inside for a backpack that investigators believe Holly took with her.
Kailey Chambers, Holly’s daughter, told CBS Los Angeles that her mom had lost her job as a nanny due to the pandemic and had planned on traveling the country in a van she converted into a camper.
Holly left her phone in California and she left no itinerary or mention of her travel plans.
“I just want to bring her home because I feel she is hurt and can’t get the help she needs,” her daughter Kailey told Inside Edition while sobbing.
With frequent posts on Facebook, and talking to news reporters, Kailey Chambers has been trying to keep the public updated about her mother’s disappearance in Zion.
Kailey told a TV station that her mother is an avid hiker, who goes alone but always goes hiking well-prepared. She said her mother is familiar with Zion National Park and they had just visited the park several weeks ago to celebrate Kailey’s 19th birthday. Falling in love with the serenity there, Holly planned a second trip alone.
“I fell in love with the place and she did too,” Kailey told Daily Mail. “This place holds such a special place in her heart.”
Kailey and several family members began their own search on October 13.
“I refuse to give up on her because I know she wouldn’t give up on me,” Kailey told People. “If this were reversed, I know she would give everything to save me. I’m willing to the same.”
Zion park officials have partnered with K-9 Units from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and rescue crews from Washington County and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Chief Ranger Andrew Fitzgerald and Amanda Rolland, Chief of Interpretation held a press conference on October 13 and said the good weather increases the odds of survival.
“We have been searching throughout Zion National Park, due to no specific itinerary,” said Rowland in an email. “In our search and rescue operations, we have used helicopters, currently, due to the terrain, we have been mainly focusing on using ground crews. There are four to five SAR teams a day out in the park.”
Authorities made a flyer with pictures of the missing woman, along with photographs of items she likely has with her. The authorities are asking for information from anyone who was hiking the Grotto Trailhead on the day Holly vanished.
“It’s hard; it’s not like walking the streets, and it’s not an easy trail either, it’s tough terrain,” Kailey told People. “I’m so beyond thankful for the rangers. I’m so blessed to have them out looking for her.”
Kailey is a full-time student in San Diego, with two jobs, and set everything aside to search for her mother.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Holly Courtier is asked to call the Tip Line at 888-653-0009.
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