BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue helped a lost hiker near Tam McArthur Rim Trail, earlier this week. Vanessa Collier first called non-emergency dispatch at about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon to report she'd been hiking for a few hours near Broken Top and had lost the trail in the snow. The 39-year-old Redmond woman was prepared for the weather, although her shoes were wet.
Attempts to orient her by phone and text were unsuccessful due to poor reception. Her cell phone battery was soon exhausted and a portable charger malfunctioned.
SAR volunteers searched through the night, assisted by an AirLink helicopter and Collier was found at the Todd Lake Trailhead at about 2:30 a.m. She'd successfully started a small warming fire and was waiting for rescuers.