Hillsboro hiker found dead on Mt. Washington

Brian Robak was 28

An Oregon Army National Guard rescue helicopter, Oct. 12, 2015 (Linn County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say searchers have found the body of a missing hiker on Mt. Washington on Saturday.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying searchers on an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter spotted the body of Hillsboro resident Brian Robak. It appears Robak fell from near the top of the mountain.

The Big Lake Youth Camp called the Sheriff’s Office early Friday to report one of their contractors was overdue from hiking alone.

Robak, 28, left his vehicle at Big Lake Youth Camp, where he works as a contractor, and began hiking Mount Washington around noon Thursday. He sent photos from the summit of the nearly 8,000-foot peak around 4:30 p.m. but did not return that night.

Staff members from the camp hiked a part of the trail but could not find him. They reported him missing around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue volunteers searched higher elevations of the mountain, Big Lake and nearby trails on foot and in helicopters. They suspended the search late Friday and resumed looking Saturday.

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