A hiker that has been missing for a week was found injured, but alive on Saturday on Mt. Hood.
Mary Owen, 23, an experienced hiker who attends George Fox University in Newberg went hiking on Mt. Hood during spring break. She notified her family on March 22, that she was going hiking the next day with friends and planned to return late that night, reports ABC news.
When there was no contact from Owen, the family contacted the police and on Thursday, Owen’s SUV was found in the parking lot at Timberline Lodge. Inside was Owen’s backpack, camping equipment and other personnel items. The authorities believed the hike with her friends had fallen through and she went hiking on her own.
The Oregon National Guard continued to search for Owen and found her late Saturday at the 4,600 feet level on Sandy Glacier, near the Pacific Crest Trail. She had frostbite and possibly a fractured ankle, sheriff’s spokesman Marcus Mendoza said.
Owen told authorities after her rescue that she had got disoriented when there was whiteout conditions and she slipped and injured her ankle. She was unable to walk and using her poncho for warmth she waited to be rescued. On Wednesday she was out of food.
“We really feel like it was a miraculous event,” said Bruce Owen, Mary’s father.
Owen was taken to the hospital where she is recuperating.