New Hampshire crews locate body of young hiker who went missing in the White Mountains
November 24, 2022 at 10:54
A college student who disappeared during a weekend hike in New Hampshire's White Mountains was found dead on Wednesday.
New Hampshire Fish and Game said the body of Emily Sotelo, of Westford, Mass., was located around 11 a.m. on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia.
Sotelo intended to complete a solo hike and was reportedly dropped off by her mom before dawn on Sunday morning at a campground near Franconia Notch.
CREWS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE SEARCHING FOR MISSING HIKER FROM MASSACHUSETTSMore than a dozen search and rescue teams comprised of Fish and Game officers and volunteers spent the following days searching for Sotelo using aircraft and scent-tracking dogs.
Tracks and items belonging to the missing woman were found at the headquarters of Lafayette Brook Tuesday afternoon.
By that evening, authorities said crews were working a recovery instead of a rescue mission.
When her body was located, an Army National Guard helicopter helped move her to the Cannon Mountain ski area.
Fish and Game officials said the search was difficult as rescuers faced high winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow.
Sotelo was reportedly unprepared for the conditions as she went out for her hike in a light jacket, hiking sneakers and exercise pants over long underwear.
Though Sotelo was described as an experienced hiker by her family, they said she did not have much experience with hiking during the winter.
Walsh said her death should serve as "a warning to all hikers," stressing the importance of preparing for the unexpected.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSotelo was a sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee studying biochemistry and chemical biology.