GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A 23-year-old woman is missing and is believed to have gone hiking alone on Mt. Hood several days ago, officials said.

Mary Owen (pictured) was reported missing at 8:15 Thursday night, according to Deputy Bryon O'Neil of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Owen had written in an email to a friend Sunday that she planned to go hiking, but had not been heard from since then.

Deputies called Timberline Lodge Thursday and the manager on duty said Owen's vehicle, a white 1998 Toyota 4-Runner was parked in the lot, O'Neil said. Investigators said the vehicle looked like it had been parked there for some time.

Ms. Owen's backpack is still in her vehicle so she may be short on supplies, O'Neil said. She is an experienced hiker who has in the past hiked the Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada.

She was believed to be wearing the beanie hat shown in the photo above, but investigators did not have a clothing description. Crews were preparing to begin a search and rescue operation, but O'Neil said tips from the public would be a great help.

Anyone who may have seen her since Saturday was asked to call CCSO at (503) 655-8211 or send an email to Sergeant Sean Collinson.

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