It is a lost hiker classic. She did tell someone she was going, but no specifics and no "drop dead" contact time. Her roommate waited a couple days. The cell phone comment is interesting, as though that is a reliable option. I would guess the west side of Hood has pretty good reception, but still.
"Owen, an adventurous spirit and experienced hiker, emailed a friend on Sunday, saying she was going to hike around Mount Hood. She said she would return by Monday night. When she didn't turn up, her friends figured she had decided to stay longer.
I'm glad she is alive!
"We thought that maybe she had found more hiking spots," said Izzy Freeman, a roommate.
But by Wednesday friends grew worried. Freeman called Owen's family who notified police. Deputies found Owen's sport-utility vehicle in the Timberline Lodge parking lot on Thursday with an empty backpack and a laptop inside. After a search on Friday, dozens set off on Saturday morning.
Owen, a senior in interdisciplinary studies at George Fox University, is an experienced hiker who often set out alone. In a five-month stretch in 2010, she hiked the Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada. She also spent one summer in Papau New Guinea with a missionary group that works with tribes.
Freeman said Owen is responsible. But she didn't have a working cell phone on her and no one knew what trails she was taking."