Deputies find body in search for missing Gresham woman

Search crews found the body of a woman about two miles up Hunchback trail down a steep embankment Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Authorities are awaiting official confirmation from a medical examiner whether the body is of Diana Bober (inset), who has been missing since Aug. 29. (Main Photo: Keaton Thomas/KATU News)

ZIGZAG, Ore. – Deputies found a woman's body off a hiking trail Monday in the search for a Gresham woman who has been missing since late August.

Diana Bober, 55, was last seen Aug. 29.

Authorities are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner that the body is Bober's.

Over the weekend, authorities said they found Bober’s car parked at the Zigzag Ranger Station. They also learned that a pair of hikers found Bober’s backpack along a trail and dropped it off at the station on Aug. 30 – a day after she was last seen.

Search teams talked with the hikers and learned an approximate location of where they found the backpack, which helped them narrow down their search to about two-square miles.

Searchers said they found the body about 200 feet down a steep embankment and about 100 yards off Hunchback Trail, two miles from the searcher's command post and in the area Bober was likely last hiking.

Deputies do not know the cause of death right now but said they don't think foul play was involved.

"The family have said they were very appreciative of all the search-and-rescue efforts that went on today, and very appreciative of the folks who came forward and identified the backpack as being something they had found. That really was our big break in this, so they wanted to extend those thanks to those people," said Sgt. Sean Collinson, search and rescue coordinator.

Bober's family flew in from Texas and Virginia to be here during the search.

They said Bober moved to Oregon in 2015 and described her as an avid hiker, who has a bright smile, beautiful red hair, and a loving heart.

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