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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

YNP: SAR Yosemite National Park employee missing

 SAR team is looking for a park employee who disappeared after an orientation meeting Saturday.

Jessica Rose Garcia, a Yosemite National Park employee, has been missing since this weekend. (Courtesy of Yosemite National Park)
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.

Description: 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.

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