Courtney Bryan’s latest Instagram post shows her relaxing in Hunt Hot Springs in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Northern California on September 23rd.
The 32-year-old is believed to have spent the day at the secluded spot 270 miles north of San Francisco with his dog and travel companion, a black-and-white border collie named Booch.
After sending a text message from the springs shortly after 9pm that night, Bryan disappeared, along with Booch and the red-brown Subaru Legacy 2004 in which they were traveling.
Desperate for answers and after seeing how effectively social media was used in the Gabby Petito case, Bryan’s sister Katana Curven has gone to TikTok and asked for help.
Hi TikTok, I need you to do your thing. My sister is missing, her name is Courtney Bryan “, said an emotional wife Curven in the video, which has attracted more than 650,000 views in the last six days.
“No calls or text messages have been sent from her phone since then,” she says in the clip.
Since her first TikTok six days ago, Curven has posted four more videos appealing for help, with practical information such as maps where her sister was last seen, reports on possible sightings and the hashtag #findcourtneybryan.
Ms Curven told me NBC’s data line that she used the platform after seeing how it had helped in other cases of missing persons, as Petitos.
She said that her sister is an avid hiker and climber, whose “whole world” is her nephew, and that the disappearance was completely out of character.
“She is a free spirit and often travels alone,” Curven said Date line.
“But she would have let us know when she came back. She should have checked in with someone. ”
Bryan’s grandfather had died on September 16, and she had taken a few days off from her job at the outdoor clothing store Patagonia in Reno.
When she did not return to work on September 27, her family reported that she had disappeared.
“It makes sense that she wanted to get away,” Curven said. “But she should have been back now. She did not let us worry. ”
The curve added that her sister would never have left her cat and plants without asking someone to take care of them.
The family has tracked down her phone record and found that her last calls and texts were made on September 23 from Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Ms Curven told me Date line she had called an ex-boyfriend who was looking for directions to the hot springs where she took her last selfie.
Curven said she had been in regular contact with the authorities and that she was kept updated on possible observations, but no one has turned out to be her sister.
Bryan is described as 1.7 m tall and weighs 54 kg with blond hair and blue eyes. She has two tattoos, a star on the inside of her right wrist and a geometric honeycomb on her calf.
Anyone with information about Bryan’s whereabouts should contact the Reno Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 775-321-8372.