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Search will continue Tuesday in New Hampshire for missing hiker from Massachusetts

Emily Sotelo was last seen Sunday morning after she was dropped off at Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia, N.H., officials said.New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement Division

The search for a Massachusetts woman who went hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday morning and has not returned is set to resume Tuesday, officials said.

Emily Sotelo was dropped off Sunday morning at Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia and had planned to hike the route of Mount Lafayette, Little Haystack Mountain, and Mount Flume, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said.

The Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team said that Sotelo had not yet been located as of 5 p.m. Monday. Teams were going out Tuesday to continue the search for her, according to a Facebook post from the team.


Sotelo, 19, lives in Westford. Colonel Kevin Jordan said she was seeking to finish hiking every 4,000-foot peak in New Hampshire before she turned 20 this week.

“Nobody has seen or heard from her since,” Jordan said in a phone interview.

The weather conditions were very cold and windy, and Jordan said, “We’re hearing she wasn’t prepared for that.”

“We’re concerned about her,” he said. A Black Hawk helicopter was being used in the search.

Her father, Jorge, said Sotelo enjoyed being outside and has done primitive camping before, but not in the bitter cold.

“Emily loves the outdoors,” he said in a phone interview. Her mother, Olivera, said she had “four or five” mountains left on her list.

“She was an experienced hiker for summer conditions. Not so much in winter,” she said.

On Sunday evening, the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team reported that teams were looking for Sotelo while the wind chill was negative 30 degrees.

“Temperature along the ridge is about zero, 30-40 mph winds make the chill factor -30,” the search team wrote on Facebook. “Please call State Police if you have any information, including any hikers who saw her today.”


Sotelo is 5 foot 3, weighs 115 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a brown jacket and exercise pants, officials said. Any hikers who may have encountered her should contact the New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-1170.

Globe correspondent Breanne Kovatch contributed to this report.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.