Hiker rescued from Mount Hood is in fair condition

PORTLAND — An Oregon National Guard helicopter crew on Saturday spotted a hiker who had been missing on Mount Hood for about a week, and flew her to a Portland hospital for treatment, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said.

Mary Owen, 23, was found shortly after 10 a.m. on Sandy Glacier, at an elevation of about 4,600 feet. The college student had frostbite and possibly a fractured ankle, sheriff's spokesman Marcus Mendoza said.

Owen was listed in fair condition late Saturday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Owen's mother, father, brother and roommate learned the good news as soon as they arrived at the Timberline Lodge parking lot, The Oregonian reported.

"We're completely relieved," her father, Bruce Owen, told the newspaper. "We were concerned because she had been out so long."

Owen is a senior at George Fox University in Newberg, about 70 miles west of Mount Hood. She was on spring break and had not been in contact with friends or relatives since last Sunday, when she emailed a friend to say she was going for a hike and planned to return late that night or Monday.

When days passed and Owen didn't come back, one of her roommates called her father to ask if he had heard from her. Bruce 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 Mary Owen's backpack was inside.

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