Sheriff's office closes investigation on questions of fraud surrounding missing hiker in Zion

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ST. GEORGE — Authorities have found no evidence to support allegations of fraud in connection the rescue of a hiker who went missing in Zion National Park for nearly two weeks in 2020.

On Oct. 18, Holly Suzanne Courtier, a 38-year-old from Los Angeles who was last seen 12 days before near the Grotto shuttle stop in the park, was found alive by law enforcement officers and rescuers after she went missing during a hike.

Shortly after, park rangers and the Washington County Sheriff's Office began investigating the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. The story went national, at which point Washington County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Sgt. Darrell Cashin expressed concerns that certain aspects of Courtier's story were not adding up.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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