Holly Suzanne Courtier, who was found safe on Sunday, is otherwise OK
Crews began searching for Courtier after she didn’t show up for her scheduled pickup in the park by a private shuttle on Oct. 6, authorities said. The park and nearby town of Springdale was filled with missing person signs featuring pictures of Courtier and the clothes she was wearing.
Her sister, Jillian Courtier-Oliver, told ABC’s Good Morning America that her sister is recovering after being found with bruises all over her body and having lost weight.
Courtier-Oliver said she had started losing hope her sister was alive in a park known for its towering red rock cliffs and several hikes that take people along narrow trails with steep drops.
“It wasn’t until two days ago I actually said, ‘I’m starting to lose hope,’” she said. “They had a lot of cadaver dogs out and I knew what they were looking for was a body, not a person. It was the first time I actually started losing hope. And I went with up with so much help knowing that we needed to find her.”
The park released a statement attributed to the family.
“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,” her family said in statement.