Lost Douglas County hiker found after all-night search

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A lost hiker was found after an all-night search east of Roseburg.

Officials with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office say that on Thursday at about 1:00 pm, the 911 center received a cell phone call from Beth Cobin, 48, who told them she was hiking the Tipsoo Peak Trail near Diamond Lake and became lost.

Latitude and longitude data obtained from the call indicated Cobin was about 1/4 mile east of Hwy 138 East, at mile post 76.

The Sheriff's office also requested that AT&T ping the telephone. Those pings also showed Cobin to be in the same area.

Sheriff's deputies and Search and Rescue crews responded to the area and began searching. DFPA provided a fixed wing aircraft and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office provided a helicopter to assist with the search.

Authorities found her vehicle at about 3:15 pm on Cinnamon Butte Road near the Tipsoo Peak trail head.

Searchers continued searching all night but were unable to locate Cobin.

At about 9:00 am Friday, Cobin was located after she walked out on Windigo Pass Road and down to Hwy 138 East.

Authorities say she was not uninjured.

The investigation showed that the cellular phone ping was 2.5-3 miles off from Cobin's actual location.

The Sheriff's office is reminding people that cellular phones should never be relied upon as a survival tool.

Many rural areas do not have cellular coverage, and hikers should always be prepared for unanticipated events.