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Missing teen hiker found frozen to death after conquering 48 peaks goal

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A teenage woman who accomplished her goal of mountaineering all 48 peaks in a US state earlier than turning 20 years old was found frozen to death on a path.

Emily Sotelo, 19, went on a solo hike last Sunday morning and didn’t return when her family expected her. The body of Sotelo, whose twentieth birthday was this week, was found on the northwest aspect of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Rescuers recovered her body after a three-day search in freezing temperatures. Her associates paying tribute to her said she achieved her mountaineering goal, however had a tragic ending.

‘She made all three peaks she wanted to and unfortunately on the descend she missed the turn which is hard to find on a windy day or just in general,’ said her mountaineering firend Brian Garvey, according to the Daily Mail.

Emily Sotelo intended to hike Mount Lafayette, Haystack and Flume in the White Mountains
Emily Sotelo meant to hike Mount Lafayette, Haystack and Flume within the White Mountains (Picture: New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division)

‘This has occurred earlier than on the identical actual space she bought off path was again in 2021.

‘Luckily those guys made it out by thawing out their cell phone under their armpit and SAR (search and rescue) found them before they froze.’

Sotelo’s mom dropped her off at a path at Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia. She deliberate to climb Mount Lafayette, Haystack and Flume within the White Mountains, police mentioned.

Search and rescue crews went out to search for Sotelo on Sunday night time, when temperatures on the ridge dropped to round zero levels.

Search and rescue crews looked for Emily Sotelo for three days before finding her body
Search and rescue crews seemed for Emily Sotelo for 3 days earlier than discovering her physique (Picture: WMUR)

‘Due to the harsh weather conditions a search commenced Sunday evening and (through) the night,’ acknowledged the Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division and Operation Game Thief on Wednesday. ‘Searchers were hampered by high winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow.’

On Tuesday, searchers found tracks and a few of Sotelo’s belongings on the headwaters in Lafayette Brook. They found her physique on Wednesday morning. Her reason behind death has not but been launched.

A hiker who knew Sotelo, Jessie Callaghan, described her as ‘sweet and so happy to be out in the woods’.

‘She was young and ready to take on anything,’ Callaghan wrote on Facebook.

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