Search continues for woman missing 2 days in freezing temperatures after New Hampshire hike

New Hampshire State Police searching for missing hiker


The search continued Tuesday for a 20-year-old woman who authorities say has been missing for two days after hiking in the New Hampshire mountains.

The state’s Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division said Emily Motello was dropped off at the Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia Sunday morning and intends to hike Mount Lafayette, Haystack and Flume.

Officials said he is “overdue” and encouraged any hikers who encounter the motel to notify the New Hampshire State Police. He is described as 5 feet tall and 115 pounds, and was last seen wearing a brown jacket and exercise pants.

Emily Motello, 20, was reported missing after hiking on Sunday.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division

The Pemigwasset Valley Search and Rescue Team said on Monday – the second day of searching – that they had deployed more than 60 ground searchers in addition to air support. He said that he would start the search again on Tuesday.

The unit also said temperatures along the ridge reach near 0 degrees with winds between 30 and 40 mph. Charlie Stewart, who is with the search crew, told CBS affiliate WGME that they may not have been properly equipped for the cold.

“She was wearing sneakers, possibly some wind pants, not really prepared for the temperature at this time,” he said.

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