Days of Searching a 20-year-old Hiker Was Discovered Dead in New Hampshire

A hiker from Massachusetts who went missing after going on a solo trip over the weekend was found dead in New Hampshire on Wednesday, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division and Operation Game Thief.

Emily Sotelo, who was 20 years old, was found on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia on Sunday morning. She had gone up Franconia Ridge before going missing.

When Sotelo didn’t come home when she was supposed to, a family member told the police she was missing. Sotelo was dropped off at the Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia, New Hampshire, early on Sunday morning.

Officials with the police said that 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.

The Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, which helped with the search, said that temperatures along the ridge where she was hiking were around 0 degrees with gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour.

“Because of the bad weather, the search began on Sunday evening and went on all night. High winds, cold temperatures, and blowing snow made it hard for people to look for people “The New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division and Operation Game Thief said in a statement that came out on Wednesday that they were looking for the man.

Sotelo had been missing for two days before her footprints and some of her belongings were found at the headwaters of Lafayette Brook on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, her body was found.

Officials say that a helicopter from the New Hampshire Army National Guard helped bring Sotelo to the Cannon Mountain Ski Area. Officials haven’t said anything about how Sotelo died.

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