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Missing hiker Mary Owen found alive after 6 nights alone on Mt. Hood

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Mary Owen's SUV was found in the Timberline Lodge parking lot. Mary Owen's SUV was found in the Timberline Lodge parking lot.
The search command post on Mount Hood. The search command post on Mount Hood.
Mary Owen recovering at Legacy Emanuel Mary Owen recovering at Legacy Emanuel
MOUNT HOOD, OR (KPTV) -

In a remarkable twist of fate, a woman missing since she told loved ones she was going for a hike on Mt. Hood last Sunday has been found and is expected to be okay. 

23-year-old Mary Owen was flown to a Portland hospital in an Army National Guard helicopter after she was spotted below the mountain's Sandy Glacier just after 10 a.m. Saturday.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman said she was hoisted up into the chopper and was able to talk to her rescuers. 

Owen's family members tell FOX 12 she has a leg injury and frostbite, but doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

"I don't know another person who could have survived that ordeal," said Mary's father, Bruce Owen.

Dozens of responders showed up at the established staging area at Timberline Lodge early Saturday to resume the search effort that began yesterday. 

The George Fox University student was reported missing in Newberg last week. Newberg police contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

The manager at Timberline Lodge checked the parking lot Thursday night and found a white 1998 Toyota 4-Runner, which Mary apparently borrowed from a friend to make the trip up.

Deputies arrived and said it appeared the SUV had been sitting at that location for some time.

Owen had sent an email to a friend that stated she was going hiking on the mountain. The email said she planned to be back that night or Monday morning, according to her father, Bruce Owen. 

Bruce Owen told FOX 12 his daughter survived by building a snow cave and keeping warm under a light-weight poncho. But after several days with little food and water, she started to hallucinate.

"She kept imagining people would come to her and tell her ways to get off the mountain," said Bruce. "Like there was some little people who came to her and told her they were going to bring her a horse. Somebody else came and said she could use their dragon but they never came back."

Bruce said his daughter caught a real glimmer of hope Friday, when she spotted a search plane overhead, but rescuers didn't see her on the ground.

"She said that there were parts where she wished she could just die and have it over with," said Bruce. "But she came to the conclusion that God wasn't going to let her die. So she was just toughing it out one day at a time."

Owen is a senior at George Fox University, where she was noted as a contact for groups who work with the homeless on the school's website. Her father posted to the university's Facebook page, was asking for prayer for his daughter's safe return.

"We still need information on who she might have been with and ask anyone with ANY information to contact Newberg Police or message us through FB," he wrote.

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