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Officials find no fraud in missing Zion hiker investigation

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 09:55:41-05

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — Law enforcement officials say no fraud was uncovered during an investigation into a woman who disappeared for nearly two weeks in Zion National Park.

A spokesperson with the Washington County Sheriff's Office told FOX 13 that the department closed the investigation into Holly Courtier last year, and no claims of fraud were substantiated.

READ: Daughter says missing Zion National Park hiker 'injured head,' became disoriented

The investigation did not delve into Courtier's disappearance; instead, it focused on the possibility that she may have staged the incident to raise money.

After Courier was found on Oct. 18, the sheriff's office said it received "numerous tips" claiming Courtier made up the story as a way to make money through a GoFundMe account.

Officials found no evidence that Courtier had committed a crime.

Courtier, 38, was reported missing in Zion National Park on Oct. 6. Despite a massive search-and-rescue effort, Courtier was not able to be located until she turned up 12 days later.

In the days following the rescue, Courtier's daughter said her mother had hit her head and become disoriented in the park; while her sister, Jaime Strong, said Holly never drank from a nearby river that it was possibly toxic.

Courtier has yet to speak publicly about what happened during her disappearance and how she survived for 12 days in the rugged wilderness without supplies.