A hiker from Massachusetts who went on a solo hike over the weekend and didn’t come back was found dead in New Hampshire on Wednesday, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division and Operation Game Thief. The hiker had been missing since he or she left.
Emily Sotelo, who is 20 years old, was found on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia. She had started hiking along Franconia Ridge early on Sunday morning.
When Sotelo didn’t come home at the time she was supposed to, a family member called the police.
Sunday morning, Sotelo was taken to the Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia, New Hampshire. Law enforcement says she planned to hike Mount Lafayette, Haystack, and Flume in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
On Sunday night, three search teams were sent out to look for her. However, the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, which helped with the search, said that it was about 0 degrees and windy along the ridge where she was hiking.
“Due to the bad weather, the search started on Sunday night and went on all night. High winds, cold temperatures, and blowing snow made it hard for searchers to find the body “In a statement released Wednesday, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division and Operation Game Thief said this.
Searchers looked for Sotelo for two days before they found her footprints and some of her things at the beginning of Lafayette Brook on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, her body was found.
Police say that a helicopter from the New Hampshire Army National Guard was able to help bring Sotelo to the Cannon Mountain Ski Area. No one from the government said anything about what happened to Sotelo.