The Latest: Sheriff: Oregon hiker likely killed by cougar

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WELCHES, Ore. (AP) The Latest on the death of an Oregon hiker (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says a dead hiker was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first verified fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon.

A medical examiner said Tuesday 55-year-old Diana Bober's body had injuries consistent with an attack by a cougar.

DNA samples are being flown by the Oregon State Police to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laboratory in Ashland, Oregon for further analysis.

Bober's body was found Monday in the Mount Hood National Forest in Welches, about 40 miles southeast of Portland.

She had been missing since Aug. 29. Her car was later found at the Zigzag Ranger Station several miles away.

Bober, of Gresham, was an avid hiker who often trekked in the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge areas.

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1:45 p.m.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Department says a woman's body found near Mount Hood is that of missing hiker Diana Bober.

The 55-year-old avid hiker from Gresham was last seen by her family Aug. 29.

Her car was found at the Zigzag Ranger Station about 17 miles east of Sandy.

Bober's body was found several miles away from the same ranger station off the Hunchback Trail near Welches.

Bober often hiked in the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge area.

Authorities are planning to release more information at an upcoming news conference.

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