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Search Efforts Continue for Holly Suzanne Courtier at Zion National Park

photograph of man operating drone, high over a canyon
Drone operator from Grand Canyon National Park Emergency Services Team October 16, 2020

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News Release Date: October 17, 2020

Contact: Amanda Rowland, 435-772-0160

SPRINGDALE, UT – Today’s search efforts for Holly Suzanne Courtier continued within Zion National Park. Park Rangers along with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigation the circumstances surrounding this missing person case. The Search and Rescue search efforts continued Friday with five K-9 Units from the Utah Search Dogs and a drone operator from Grand Canyon National Park Emergency Service Team. These efforts using Search Dogs and a drone will continue throughout the weekend in collaboration with Search and Rescue crews on the ground.

photograph of K-9 Search Dog Zoey, in a rocky canyon

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the National Park Service units that has an unmanned aircraft (drone) program to assist with ranger operations such as search and rescue.

The National Park Service uses unmanned aircraft, under regional director approval for specific operations.  These include search and rescue operations, fire operations, scientific study, and related aerial photography. The National Park Service does not allow recreational use of unmanned aircraft by the public.      

Investigative leads have been positive from the established tip line and have continued to assist investigators.

Courtier is 38 years old, 5’3”, and 100 lbs. She has brown hair and blue eyes. She may possibly be wearing the following items: a Patagonia Black Nano Puff Jacket, a Dark Tank Top, Danner brown Hiking Boots with red laces, and a Kuhl Cream Open-front Hoody. The following items could possibly be with her: an Osprey Blue Multi-Day Pack, a yoga mat, a Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket, and a Camouflage Doublesize Hammock. Her intended travel plan is unknown and her current whereabouts are unknown.

If you have any information that could help investigators, if you may have seen Courtier, or if you were in the Grotto area of the park on October 6 or October 7, please contact the NPS Investigative Service Branch (ISB) Tip Line. CALL or TEXT at (888) 653-0009, EMAIL or ONLINE form at


Last updated: October 17, 2020

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