Missing Yosemite Park Employee Jessica Rose Garcia
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. —
A Yosemite National Park employee who was reported missing when she did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel last Sunday has been found safe, according to park authorities.
23-year-old Jessica Rose Garcia was located less than two miles up the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon by a member of the Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Team.
Garcia had been hiking off-trail in the rugged area of the park. She was be transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.
Garcia was last seen at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 6, walking in the Wawona residential area after attending an employee orientation session. When Garcia did not show up for work the following day, the National Park Service was notified and search efforts were initiated.
Approximately 50 people were involved in the Search and Rescue operation Tuesday. The search crew included six dog teams, 15 ground searchers, a Park Ranger on horseback, the park helicopter and other personnel.
In a press release, Yosemite National Park extended thanks to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, Madera County Sheriff's Office, Mariposa County Sheriff's Office, Fresno County Sheriff's Office, YoDogs (volunteers with search and rescue dogs) and the Marin County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in the search.
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