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tylercunningham

climber
Modesto
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 9, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
Hello everybody,

Moderators, I'm not familiar with your forum so please help me out if anything moved or changed.

My name is Tyler, I'm a cousin of missing hiker Jessica Garcia. The below article pretty much says it all

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- A search team is looking for a park employee who disappeared after an orientation meeting Saturday. Jessica Rose Garcia, 23, last was seen at 11:30 a.m. walking east along Forest Drive after leaving orientation at the Wawona Hotel, where she was scheduled to begin work Sunday, according to Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.
Park rangers checked Garcia's park residence when she did not come to work and found it empty, Cobb said.


Garcia last was seen dressed in her work uniform, a dark green polo shirt and dark green jacket, black slacks and black loafers.
Garcia is Latina, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds and has shoulder length black hair and brown eyes.
Garcia is fit and hikes regularly. She is described as shy and reserved around strangers, Cobb said.
Search-and-rescue teams include six dog teams, the park helicopter, rangers on horseback and 23 rangers on foot, Cobb said. The search area includes the South Fork of the Merced River and in and around the Wawona area.
Anyone with information about Garcia's whereabouts is asked to call the Wawona Ranger Station at (209) 375-9520 or Yosemite dispatch at (209) 379-1992.

A photograph is inside the link.
http://www.modbee.com/2012/10/08/2406409/yosemite-search-team-looking-for.html

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If any of you are hiking or have been hiking in the wawona area and remember seeing her please contact us or yosemite immediately. We appreciate all the love and support.

Love,
The Garcia, Coffen, Herrera, Cunningham and Contreras families.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Oct 9, 2012 - 12:59pm PT
I am sorry to know about your missing family member, and send my best wishes for her to be found very quickly, safe and sound.
John M

climber
Oct 9, 2012 - 01:05pm PT
Mercy.. I hope that they find her soon. They have been looking all over Wawona yesterday and today. Search teams just went through my property. It appears that they have a lot of people on this.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Oct 9, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
Jessica looks like a beautiful, smart young lady, may she find her way back to you all.

BIG SKY MAGIC GOING OUT TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED!

Kath
10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:00pm PT
best of luck with the search
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:14pm PT
This is what Jessica looks like for anyone around there who doesn't read the article mentioned above. Hope she makes it home soon.


survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:21pm PT
How do they know she was hiking if she was last seen in work clothes?

Did I miss something?

Best of luck to Jessica and the searchers!
John M

climber
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:37pm PT
I think "missing hiker" is just how they described her". She was new to Wawona and from what I understand was starting her first day of work on Sunday. I don't know if she had worked elsewhere in the park and was transferring to Wawona. They haven't said what she was up to because I don't think that they know in regards to what she was doing when she went missing. Hiking, going to town, going site seeing, whatever..

They have had a helicopter up today and yesterday. Plus dogs and people out searching around Wawona and along the river. They are putting in a fairly big effort.

It must be hard for the family. My prayers go out to the searchers and the family and to Jessica.
Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:53pm PT
Think the search has ended.........
John M

climber
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:56pm PT
Why do you say that? And what happened?
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Updated link:
http://www.modbee.com/2012/10/08/2406409/yosemite-search-team-looking-for.html

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- Update: According to KXTV in Sacramento and a Facebook page started by her family, missing Yosemite National Park employee Jessica Rose Garcia has been found alive.
According to the KXTV report, Yosemite National Park officials said rescue personnel were going to use a helicopter to airlift Garcia from the scene due to the rugged terrain in which she was found.
Yosemite officials told KXTV Garcia had sustained minor injuries, but was otherwise safe and well.

Jessica Rose Garcia, a Yosemite National Park employee, has been missing since this weekend. (Courtesy of Yosemite National Park)
Yosemite National Park news release
More on the story soon.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Her Aunt lives up here in Redding, Glad they found her safe!!!
Tad
Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:00pm PT
With all due respects we should just stay tuned till more information comes out.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:06pm PT
41 minutes ago, family facebook says that she's been found and is talking to the rangers.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:07pm PT
Good news is Great news!
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
Great to hear! Glad she is well and on her way out!

Eric
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:17pm PT
Sweet child!

YAY!

SofCookay

climber
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
Excellent, glad to hear she is safe!
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:22pm PT
Great news! Wow, sorry she got injured out there alone. That must have been tough.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Oct 9, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
Nice to have a happy ending, made my day!

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/10/09/2582586/search-continues-for-missing-woman.html
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