2012-10-04 / Front Page

Missing Yosemite worker broke pelvis, femur

Alarm bells went off when Jessica Rose Garcia, 23, failed to show up for work at Yosemite's Wawona Hotel on Saturday and remained missing through Tuesday morning. Photo: NPSPhoto: NPS

On Tuesday afternoon, however, Jessica was reported to have suffered a broken pelvis and femur, according to a Facebook page set up by her family.

"Jessica is currently in the air being flown to a hospital," the page reported around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Garcia was located around 1 p.m. on Tuesday by a member of the Yosemite Naztional Park Search and Rescue Team "less than two miles up the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River," Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said.

Garcia was scheduled to work at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and did not report for work. 

Yosemite National Park Rangers checked at her Park residence Saturday morning and she was not there. It was determined that Jessica was last seen on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 6, by a co-worker. She was last seen walking east along Forest Drive near the stables in Wawona at approximately 11:30 a.m. Garcia had just come from an orientation meeting with her supervisor at the Wawona Hotel. 

Search and rescue teams included six dog teams, the Park helicopter, rangers on horseback and 23 rangers on foot. 

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