Hiker, 23, reported missing on Mount Hood for days

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. - Authorities are searching for a hiker on Mount Hood who was last heard from on Sunday and is without her backpack.

Mary Owen, 23, was reported missing on Thursday evening. Friends said they last heard from her on Sunday when she sent an email, saying she was hiking on Mount Hood.

Search and rescue crews have mounted the search, but have few details on where on the mountain she may have been hiking.

Owen's Toyota 4Runner was found in the parking lot of Timberline Lodge. Sheriff's deputies checked the vehicle and believe it had been sitting there for some time, according to a news release from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

While Owen is an experienced hiker - she's hiked the Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada - her backpack was left in her Toyota, so deputies believe she's short on supplies.

Owen is believed to be wearing a green beanie hat; deputies have no other information on her other clothing.

Anyone who may have seen Owen since last Saturday is asked to call the sheriff's office at 503-655-8211. You can also send an email to Sgt. Sean Collinson at