Missing George Fox University student found safe
TIMBERLINE LODGE — George Fox University student Mary Owen has been found safe on Mount Hood, where rescuers had been searching Friday and this morning.
After being spotted from the air, Owen was picked up by a rescue helicopter. She is being treated at Emanuel Hospital, Portland, for frostbite and a possible fractured ankle.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a call about 8:15 p.m. Thursday about a missing female. The Newberg-Dundee Police Department requested the sheriff's office assistance with locating the 23-year-old woman. She was last heard from Sunday night when she sent an e-mail to a friend stating she was going hiking on Mount Hood.
About 9 p.m. Thursday, the manager at Timberline Lodge checked the parking lot at the request of the sheriff's office and found her vehicle, a white 1998 Toyota 4Runner parked in the lot. Deputies checked the vehicle and saw evidence that it had been at that location for some time.
A subsequent investigation led the sheriff's office to believe that Owen might have gone hiking by herself. She is an experienced hiker who has in the past hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.
However, her backpack filled with supplies was still in her vehicle.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue coordinators headed up the search this morning. Trained search and rescue teams from around the area helped out.