Experienced hiker reported missing on Mount Hood

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rescue crews searching Mount Hood failed Friday to find a university student who planned to hike or climb the mountain last weekend and has been missing for days.

As searchers wrapped up their efforts at nightfall, a Clackamas County sheriff's spokesman said the search for 23-year-old Mary Owen would resume Saturday, when an Oregon National Guard helicopter was expected to assist.

The Newberg resident has not been in contact with friends or relatives since Sunday, when she emailed a friend to say she was going for a hike and planned to return to Newberg — 70 miles west of Mount Hood — late Sunday or Monday.

When Owen, who is on spring break from George Fox University, did not return by Thursday, one of her roommates called her father, Bruce Owen of McMinnville, to ask if he had heard from his daughter. Owen contacted police.

Mary Owen's SUV was found late Thursday in the parking lot at Timberline Lodge, the sheriff's office said. Deputies said it appeared to have been there for some time, and Owen's backpack was inside. Deputies think she went off hiking by herself and may be short of supplies.

Bruce Owen, however, said the presence of a backpack indicates she might have followed through on a planned climb, which would require different gear than a backpack.

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