Skier beaten, left for dead northeast of Washougal |

Skier beaten, left for dead northeast of Washougal

WASHOUGAL, Wash. ” Authorities say a cross-country skier is lucky to be alive after being severely beaten northeast of Washougal.

Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown says 52-year-old Robert Tracey might have died had he not been found in time.

Three hikers, two of them Clark College students, spotted Tracey covered with blood, shivering and barely able to speak on Monday near Dougan Falls. The area is about 17 miles upriver from Washougal.

One of the students, 20-year-old Nicole Stewart, says it was a stroke of luck because she and her friends had never been on that particular trail before.

Brown says Tracey was the victim of an apparently random attack by two men who stole his black 1998 Ford Explorer. Both remain at large. Tracey was released from the hospital Wednesday.

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