YAKIMA, Wash, -- A 23-year-old woman reported missing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in southwest Washington was found safe Saturday.

Authorities say Alejandra Wilson of Oregon was located Saturday afternoon cold and tired but otherwise unhurt.

According to her father, Dane Wilson, Alejandra is recovering at her parent's home in Portland.

Alejandra was last seen on Friday, Sept 27 embarking on the latest leg of her trip. After a weekend storm, Dane Wilson reported her missing the following Monday.

The woman was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to Canada. Over the weekend she became stuck in waist-deep snow, her father said. Alejandra set up camp, rationed her food and hunkered down until the snow firmed up enough to walk on.

Saturday, a rescue team spotted her while Alejandra was searching for a nearby campground she knew of.

She rescued herself, Dane Wilson said.

Background: Group search suspended for Mt. Adams hiker

Meanwhile, the search was suspended for 31-year-old Kristopher Zitzewitz of Portland who was last seen Sept. 28 in the Big Lava Beds area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said more than 100 people searched Saturday. Further searching was suspended pending new information about his whereabouts.


Compiled from wire reports with reporting by Tim Gordon

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