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Local hiker finds missing teen atop N.H. mountain

EFFINGHAM, N.H. — Authorities said it was a local hiker who found an 18-year-old woman atop a New Hampshire mountain, two days after she walked away from a neurological rehabilitation center.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers said they got a call that Joelle Ferstenberg was found at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near the summit of Green Mountain. Conservation Officer Mike Matson told WMWV radio that a big clue came from a hunter who had reported a photo from his game camera on Green Mountain showed Ferstenberg passing by Sunday.

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Authorities said she walked away from Lakeview Neuro-
Rehabilitation Center in Effingham Sunday afternoon. The mountain is in Effingham, about 2 miles away from Lakeview. It has an elevation of 1,907 feet.

Fish and Game conservation officers, the New England K-9 Search and Rescue, and a State Police helicopter searched for her, in addition to volunteers.

Authorities said Ferstenberg was treated for mild hypothermia and was carried off the mountain by rescuers and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. She is expected to be OK.

When she left Sunday, Ferstenberg was wearing pajamas and only socks on her feet.

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