Mass. hiker, lost 4 days, finds way out

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – A hiker missing since Tuesday in Olympic National Park walked out on her own Saturday, and is in good condition.

Park spokeswoman Kathy Steichen says 45-year-old Mary O’Brien was “tired and hungry, but she does not need medical attention.”

O’Brien, from Arlington, Massachusetts, failed to return Tuesday from a day hike in the Sol Duc River area.

She was reported overdue by a friend, and the search began Wednesday with dozens of ground searchers, a dog team and a helicopter.

Steichen says O’Brien came out of the woods at Lake Mills, which is in the Elwha River drainage east of Sol Duc.

She flagged down a boat to get help and contacted authorities at 3:45 p.m.

Steichen says she doesn’t know exactly what route O’Brien took, but that she did “a lot of off-trail travel,” and ran out of food on Friday.

AP-ES-07-07-07 2027EDT

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