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Yosemite National Park Searching for Missing Park Employee

Jessica Garcia

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News Release Date: October 8, 2012

 Jessica Rose Garcia, Employed by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Last Seen in Wawona Area

Yosemite National Park Rangers are searching for Jessica Rose Garcia, who did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel. Garcia, a 23 year old female and an employee of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., was scheduled to work at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, October 7, 2012, and did not report for work. This was to be Jessica's first day working at the Wawona Hotel.

Yosemite National Park Rangers checked at her park residence Saturday morning and she was not there. It was determined that Jessica was last seen on the morning of Saturday, October 6, 2012, by a co-worker. She was last seen walking east along Forest Drive near the stables in Wawona at approximately 11:30 a.m. Garcia had just come from an orientation meeting with her supervisor at the Wawona Hotel.  

She was dressed in her work uniform, a dark green polo shirt with the DNC logo on it, black slacks and black Rockies work loafers. She was also wearing her dark green DNC jacket, which has the DNC logo on the left side of the chest.

Garcia is a Hispanic female, 5' 03" tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs. She has shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. Garcia is fit and hikes regularly. She is describe as being shy and reserved around strangers. She was in possession of her cell phone and personal ID.

Search and rescue teams include six dog teams, the park helicopter, rangers on horseback and 23 rangers on foot. The search area includes the South Fork of the Merced River and in and around the Wawona area.

Yosemite National Park is asking for assistance with any information on Garcia's whereabouts. Please call the Wawona Ranger Station at 209-375-9520, or Yosemite Dispatch at 209-379-1992, with any information regarding Garcia. The Yosemite Dispatch is available 24-hours per day.

Did You Know?

Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.