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Body of missing Westford hiker found in White Mountains


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FRANCONIA, N.H. — The body of a Westford hiker who was last seen on Sunday has been found, according to officials.

20-year-old Emily Sotelo planned to hike Mount Lafayette, Mount Haystack and Mount Flume on Sunday. She was dropped off at Lafayette Place Campground at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to officials, the body of Sotelo was found at approximately 11:15 a.m. on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia, New Hampshire.

Officials said the search began on Sunday after a family member reported her missing to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

New Hampshire Fish and Game, along with a New Hampshire Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team among others participated in the search.

“Searchers were hampered by high winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow,” N.H. Fish and Game wrote on social media.

Officials say the temperature on the ridge was near-zero, with wind chills up to minus-30 degrees on Monday.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.