NH Fish and Game searching for lost hiker from ManchesterMay 03. 2017 8:49PM
Search and rescue teams for two days have been looking for a lost Manchester hiker in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountain National Forest.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials were notified at 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday of a 911 call from a hiker who said he was lost. The man told the 911 operator he was not on a trail and he had fallen in a brook.
He only knew the name of the trail he had been hiking. The call was lost before the hiker could give any other details including his name, where he was or where he had been.
Officers were able to identify the hiker, Randy Willett, 53, through his cellphone and talk to family members who provided them with his hiking agenda.
Willett planned an extended hike over four days, much of which was in the Pemigewasset Wilderness.
Fish and Game officers began searching trails on Tuesday. They searched well after dark before suspending the operation.
They resumed Wednesday morning when search teams were flown into various locations by the New Hampshire Army National Guard helicopter. From there they searched multiple trails and drainages hoping to find Willett.
As of late Wednesday, he had not been found.
Also searching for Willett were volunteers from the Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team and the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team.
The Pemigewasset Wilderness consists of 45,809 acres and has no roads. The Wilderness Trail, which is 9 miles long and follows an old railway bed, is possibly the most hiked in the White Mountains. The Appalachian Trail follows the northern border.