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Missing Hiker Found

Yosemite, CA — Jessica Garcia, an employee of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., has been located alive. Garcia was reported missing when she did not show up for her first day of work at the Wawona Hotel on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Garcia was located at approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon by a member of the Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Team. She was found less than two miles up the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park.

The only details available at this time are that she was hiking off-trail and was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

Approximately 50 people were involved in the Search and Rescue operation today. This included 6 dog teams, 15 ground searchers, a Park Ranger on horseback, the park helicopter, and other personnel.

Yosemite National Park says they extend sincere 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.