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Sheriff says story of mom ‘who went missing’ for 12 days in Zion park ‘DOESN’T add up’ and she has ‘no head injury’

A DEPUTY is speaking out after he said some details in the rescue story of missing mom Holly Suzanne Courtier "do not add up."

Courtier, 38, was reportedly missing for 12 days in Utah's Zion National Park before she was found safe on Sunday.

A GoFundMe was launched as Courtier's family tried to search for her – and raised more than $12,000.

One rescue official, however, has raised a red flag after Courtier was found safe – saying the story does not line up.

"The statements that the family is giving and the statements that the park is giving don’t add up,” Sgt. Darrell Cashin said, as reported by KTVX.

“Those are the types of questions I think everybody has. I think the place where that question can be answered is with her.”

Jaime Strong, Courtier's sister, told CNN that her sister was found "shocked" and "dehydrated" to the point where her kidneys were starting to shut down.

Strong also said her sister "hit her head" early on in her hike.

Cashin – who has worked on search and rescue teams for 25 years – said no ambulance was called for Courtier when she was rescued, KTVX reported.

Rescue officials said when Courtier was found, she was able to walk out of the park on her own with little help.

This leads Cashin to believe there was no "significant injury," KTVX reported.

"If we had found somebody in that condition with that kind of severe head injury, we would have at minimum called for a transport agency to check her out,” Cashin said.

Courtier's family also told CNN she survived as she was close to a "water source" or a river.

Cashin, however, said the river is known to have parasites – and earlier this year, officials warned visitors to avoid the Virgin River in the park due to a cyanobacteria contamination from a toxic algal bloom, KTVX reported.

The Sheriff said if Courtier drank the water, she would likely be "very very ill," and there was a "high possibility" she may have died.

"She either took a lot of water with her or had another clean water source that was near here, but the Virgin River is not that source," Cashin said, as reported by KTVX.

Courtier had been dropped off by a private shuttle around 1:30pm on October 6 – and missed her scheduled pickup the same afternoon.

Her family said in a GoFundMe she went without her cellphone, and "told no one of her plans."

After more than a week of desperate searching, Zion National Park announced in a statement that she had been found safe.

Park officials said they found her after a park visitor tipped them off about her whereabouts.

She left the park with her family after she was found on Sunday, according to the park said.

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