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Friends hope for hiker’s safe return

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The days and hours have been agonizing for friends and colleagues of a woman missing in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Crews are searching for Pamela Salant after she walked away from her campsite near Bear Lake on Saturday while camping with her boyfriend.

Salant was supposed to work Monday at the Treehouse Nursery in Southeast Portland, where she's the preschool's lead teacher. Her friends and colleagues have been anxiously awaiting word about her whereabouts.

"Honestly, I naturally go to the worst (case scenario) and I'm trying not to do that," said Desirae Marks, the owner and director of the preschool. "I've just been spending the entire day in prayer."

Marks said she has been comforted by the school community.

"I've just been getting floods of emails from parents all day long about all the help they could offer," Marks said.

Marks said Salant has been missed and she is hoping for her safe return.

"She is just loved deeply," said Marks. "She is just a phenomenal woman and we just want her back safe, sound and healthy."

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