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Yosemite National Park, CA – A massive search is on in Yosemite National Park. Crews are looking for a park employee who failed to show up for her first day of work. Officials say 23-year-old Jessica Rose Garcia was scheduled to begin work at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Wawona Hotel but never reported for work. Park Rangers checked her home Sunday morning, but she was not there either. Garcia was last seen dressed in her work uniform, a dark green polo shirt and dark green jacket, which has the DNC logo on the left side of the chest.

Garcia is a Hispanic female, 5′ 03″ tall and weighs 170pounds. She has shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. Park Officials say Garcia is fit and hikes regularly. They describe her as being shy and reserved around strangers. They say she did have her cell phone and personal ID with her when she disappeared.

Park Officials say they have been searching with rescue teams including six dog teams, the park helicopter, rangers on horseback and 23 rangers on foot. They say rangers are searching in the South Fork of the Merced River and in and around the Wawona area.

If you have any information on Garcia’s whereabouts please call the Wawona Ranger Station at 209-375-9520, or Yosemite Dispatch at 209-379-1992. The Yosemite Dispatch is available 24-hours per day.