NH F&G SEARCHES FOR SHELBURNE HIKER

by Christian Mower on July 31, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS SEARCH TEAMS ARE TRYING TO GET TO A LONG DISTANCE HIKER WHO BECAME ILL WHILE HIKING ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL.

CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. DOUG GRALENSKI SAID TUESDAY MORNING HIKING COMPANIONS ARE WITH THE 76-YEAR-OLD MAN ON MOUNT HAYES IN SHELBURNE.

BASED ON GPS COORDINATES, GRALENSKI THINKS THE HIKER IS CLOSE TO THE SUMMIT OF THE MOUNTAIN, JUST NORTH OF GORHAM.

GRALENSKI SAYS HE’S LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF USING A HELICOPTER TO EVACUATE THE MAN, WHO IS SUFFERING FROM UNKNOWN MEDICAL ISSUES.

MEANWHILE, A SPOKESPERSON FOR FISH AND GAME SAYS THE FULL SCALE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING 72-YEAR-OLD NORTH CAROLINA MAN – HUGH ARMSTRONG – IN THE RUMNEY, NEW HAMPSHIRE AREA, HAS CONCLUDED.

JANE VACHON SAYS DESPITE AN INTENSIVE MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH THAT LASTED THROUGH THE WEEKEND, NO SIGN HAS BEEN FOUND OF ARMSTRONG – WHO NEVER RETURNED AFTER LEAVING FOR AN EARLY MORNING WALK AROUND STINSON LAKE LAST WEDNESDAY.

A SMALL GROUP OF FISH AND GAME OFFICERS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE CONTINUING THE SEARCH TUESDAY AND DIVERS PLAN TO SEARCH THE LAKE WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1.