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Search Underway For Missing Concession Employee

Yosemite National Park

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A search is currently underway for 23-year-old Jessica Rose Garcia, an employee of DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., who did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel as scheduled on Saturday morning.  This was to be Jessica’s first day working at the hotel. Rangers checked at her park residence Saturday morning and found that she was not there. They determined that she’d last been seen walking east along Forest Drive near the stables in Wawona at approximately 11:30 a.m. that morning, and that she had just come from an orientation meeting with her supervisor at the Wawona Hotel. She was dressed in her work uniform, a dark green polo shirt with the DNC logo on it, black slacks and black Rockies work loafers.  She was also wearing her dark green DNC jacket, which has the DNC logo on the left side of the chest. Garcia is a Hispanic female; she is 5’ 3” tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, and has shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. Garcia is fit and hikes regularly.  She is described as being shy and reserved around strangers.  She was in possession of her cell phone and personal ID. Search and rescue teams include six dog teams, the park helicopter, rangers on horseback and 23 rangers on foot.  The search area includes the South Fork of the Merced River and in and around the Wawona area. The park is asking for assistance with any information on Garcia’s whereabouts.  Please call the Wawona Ranger Station at 209-375-9520, or Yosemite Dispatch at 209-379-1992, if you have any information on her.


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