Crews look for Emily Sotelo

The search for a missing hiker from Massachusetts continued Tuesday in Franconia Notch. Emily Sotelo, 19, of Westford, was sent by her mother Sunday morning for a hike at the Lafayette Square Campground and has not been seen since. She had planned to hike Lafayette Mountain, Haystack Mountain and Flume Mountain. Sotero, who turns 20 on Wednesday, is reported to be 5-foot-3 and 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a brown jacket, low-top hiking shoes and sweatpants, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said. Officials said she was still wearing long johns. Sotero’s parents told News 9 that Sotero was an experienced hiker, but not much winter hiking experience. She is part of the White Mountains Hiking Facebook group and has invited other members to join her on hikes in the past. Officials said there was no indication she planned to meet anyone on Sunday’s hike. Sotelo and her mother have been staying at the hotel this week and she plans several hikes over Thanksgiving, officials said. Search crews on the ground and in the air shuttled through the area throughout Monday and continued their search Tuesday. The New England K-9 Search and Rescue Team also assisted Tuesday morning. “Our dogs are air scent dogs, so they’re looking for common human scents,” said Donna Larson of the New England K-9 Search and Rescue Team. “They do know the difference between a hunter or a hiker if there’s a hunter out there. They can tell the difference if there’s someone out there looking for that inappropriate person.” Ground crews are equipped with GPS trackers, allowing game and game officials to monitor that parts of the trail have been searched . Anyone with information is asked to call the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game at 603-271-3361, officials said. —

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The search for a missing hiker from Massachusetts continued Tuesday in Franconia Notch.

Emily Sotelo, 19, of Westford, was sent by her mother Sunday morning for a hike at the Lafayette Square Campground and has not been seen since. She had planned to hike Lafayette Mountain, Haystack Mountain, and Flume Mountain.

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Sotero, who turns 20 on Wednesday, is reported to be 5-foot-3 and 115 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a brown jacket, low-top hiking shoes and sweatpants, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said. Officials said she was still wearing long johns.

Sotero’s parents told News 9 that Sotero was an experienced hiker, but not much winter hiking experience. She is part of the White Mountains Hiking Facebook group and has invited other members to join her on hikes in the past.

Officials said there was no indication she planned to meet anyone on Sunday’s hike.

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Sotelo and her mother have been staying at the hotel this week and she plans several hikes over Thanksgiving, officials said.

Search crews on the ground and in the air shuttled through the area throughout Monday and continued their search Tuesday. The New England K-9 Search and Rescue Team also assisted Tuesday morning.

“Our dogs are air scent dogs, so they’re looking for common human scents,” said Donna Larson of the New England K-9 Search and Rescue Team. “They do know the difference between whether there’s a hunter or a hiker out there. They can tell the difference between looking out there for that inappropriate person.”

Ground crews are equipped with GPS trackers that allow game and game officers to monitor which trails have been searched.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game at 603-271-3361, officials said.

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