A Massachusetts hiker who went missing on a popular New Hampshire mountain trail was found dead Wednesday morning.
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According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division, the body of 20-year-old Emily Motello was recovered after an extensive three-day search where rescuers battled bone-chilling temperatures and high winds.
Authorities said Motello went on a hike along the Franconia Ridge on Sunday by himself and never returned.
A family member reported her missing, and New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement began a search that evening.
According to authorities, multiple agencies located tracks and objects belonging to the motel on Tuesday near the headwaters of Lafayette Brook.
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His body was found at 11:15 a.m. on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette and then taken by New Hampshire Army National Guard helicopter to Cannon Mountain Ski Area, NH Fish and Game.
Authorities originally said she had been dropped off at the Lafayette Place Campground on Sunday morning.
Sotelo was a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, where she majored in biochemistry and chemical biology, a college spokesperson said. told The Tennessean.
The Pemigwasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, which was part of the effort, said in an update on Monday that more than 60 ground searchers were combing the area with the help of helicopters, weather permitting.
Fish and Game Major David Walsh said, “The biggest lesson in a tragedy like this is that when you’re hiking in New Hampshire, especially in the White Mountains, be prepared for the unexpected.” According to WMUR.
“Be prepared with knowledge. Know the weather patterns. Dress for the weather conditions. Have extra clothing. Take extra food, water. Carry a headlamp map, a compass.
An official cause of death was not reported on Wednesday.