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Yosemite National Park Searching for Missing Park Employee

Jessica Rose Garcia, Employed by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Last Seen in Wawona Area

YOSEMITE –Yosemite National Park Rangers are searching for Jessica Rose Garcia, who did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel Saturday.

Garcia, a 23-year-old female employee of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., was scheduled to start work at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, but never showed up. Saturday was to be Jessica’s first day working at the Wawona Hotel.Yosemite National Park Rangers checked at her park residence Saturday morning and discovered she was not there. Authorities determined that Jessica was last seen on Saturday morning by a co-worker. She was last seen walking east along Forest Drive near the stables in Wawona at approximately 11:30 a.m., following 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 Hispanic, 5-foot-3, and weighs approximately 170 pounds. She has shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes. Garcia is physically fit and hikes regularly. She is described as being shy and reserved around strangers. She was in possession of her cell phone and personal identification.

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.

Yosemite National Park is asking for assistance with any information on Garcia’s whereabouts. Call the Wawona Ranger Station at 209-375-9520, or Yosemite Dispatch at 209-379-1992, with any information regarding Garcia. The Yosemite Dispatch is available 24 hours a day.

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