Yosemite National Park rangers have launched a search for a park employee, Jessica Rose Garcia, who failed to show up for her first day at work Sunday at the Wawona Hotel and may be somewhere within the vast California wilderness park.
A park news release issued Monday night states that Garcia was last seen Saturday morning, by a co-worker at her park residence. She had been walking east along Forest Drive, near the Wawona stables. She had just attended an orientation meeting and was dressed in her dark-green work uniform.
Garcia is Hispanic, standing 5 feet 3 inches tall, and described as being shy and reserved around strangers.
The rescue effort includes the park helicopter, dogs and ranger teams on horseback and foot. The focus is on an area that includes the South Fork of the Merced River, and the Wawona area.
Anyone with information about Garcia's whereabouts, or possible leads, is asked to telephone the Wawona Ranger Station at 209-375-9520, or Yosememite Dispatch at 209-379-1992. The Yosemite Dispatch is available 24-hours per day.