On January 16th, Yosemite National Park officials released a statement asking for the public’s help in finding a lost hiker. The hiker was found dead on the Upper Yosemite Falls trail later that day, but no announcement was made until a week later.
The deceased hiker was identified as 41-year-old “Alice” Yu Xie, a Chinese national living in the U.S. She had left for a solo hike on January 15th but had never returned. That’s when the park service put out the notice that she was missing.
Many of the details of this case have yet to be identified. Why did it take so long to alert the public? How did she die? According the the National Park Service, Xie’s family had been notified. That could have caused the delay in the announcement.