Body of hiker found near Mt. Hood identified

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MT. HOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — Searchers looking for Diana Bober, a Gresham hiker who had been missing since late August, found her body off Hunchback Trail, authorities said Monday afternoon. 

“Unfortunately we have recovered a body in our search area today. It was in the primary search area,” Sgt. Sean Collinson with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said. “It is a female but there is no ID on this person. We have to wait for the medical examiner.”

Her body was positively identified on Tuesday, authorities said. A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Collinson said the woman’s body was found off the Hunchback Trail and “ended up being 100 yards off of the trail and down a steep embankment” in “the steeper areas.”

Missing Gresham woman Diana Bober's car was found near the Zigzag Ranger Station on Sept. 8. She was last seen on August 29. (Clackamas County Sheriff)

“We have ruled out in our minds,” Collinson said, “this is not foul play.”

Diana Bober last texted her mother on August 29. The next day her backpack was found and returned to lost-and-found at the ranger’s station hear Hunchback trailhead. On Saturday, search crews found her car. 

Search crews with Mountain Wave and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the 125th special tactics squadron with the Oregon Air National Guard, were out near the Hunchback trailhead looking for Bober, an avid hiker and a counselor in Gresham.

“She went hiking alone. We were able to locate her vehicle at a trailhead at Zigzag,” said Sgt. Dan Kraus with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. “People found a backpack that may have been associated with her.”

Kraus said they’re still looking into what, if anything, was in the backpack.

He also added they haven’t gotten any additional information from her cellphone and didn’t know if she had called 911. 

“I don’t know about that, but I assume we would’ve heard that by now,” he said. “There are a number of places here a few feet away you could lose cell coverage.”

The terrain in that area is very steep. “There is significant elevation gain on that trail,” he told KOIN 6 News.

Sunday night, her sister Alison Bober told KOIN 6 News, “You always imagine the worst and you just try not to. … We are feeling hopeful, but we have to. We can’t do anything but continue to hold out hope.”

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