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Massachusetts hiker missing in White Mountains


VERY DIFFICULT TRAIL AND THAT IS
CAUSE FOR CONCERN. 70-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER STAFF
FROM DORCHESTER MASSACHUSETTS
TOLD HIS WIFE SUNDAY THAT HE WAS
GOING TO HIKE A TRAIL CALLED THE
PEMI LOOP. ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, STAFF AND
HIS WIFE SPOKE ON THE PHONE AN
HE TOLD HER HE WAS ABOUT
THREE-QUARTERS FINISHED AND
WOULD BE HOME AROUND 9 THAT
NIGHT.>>LATE MONDAY NIGHT WE RECEIVED
A CALL FROM A CONCERNED WIFE
THAT HER HUSBAND HADN’T RETURNED
HOME TO MASSACHUSETTS AS PLANNED
FROM A 31 MILE HIKE HE HAD
INTENDED TO DO OVER THE COURSE OF MONDAY. ANDY TUESDAY MORNING A GROUP OF
: ALMOST 30 FISH AND GAME
OFFICERS AND VOLUNTEERS STARTED
CHECKING THE TRAIL AND HUTS
ALONG THE PEMI LOOP. OFFICIALS SAY THE SEARCH AREA IS
ABOUT 50 SQUARE MILES.>>WE’VE FOUND NO EVIDENCE. WE HAVE RECEIVED A COUPLE OF
CALLS FROM PEOPLE THAT SAY THEY
BELIEVED THEY SAW HIM WHILE THEY
WERE OUT HIKING ON MONDAY. THE TIMING AND DESCRIPTION KIND
OF MATCH. ANDY LT KNEELAND SAYS STAFF WAS
: HIKING ALONE SOMETHING THEY
, DON’T RECOMMEND ESPECIALLY ON
SUCH A DEMANDING ROUTE. THE ROSS FAMILY SAYS THEY ALWAYS
GO IN A GROUP WHEN THEY HIT THE
TRAILS.>>WHENWE GO ON HIKES WE
TYPICALLY GO IN GROUPS OF THREE
OF FOUR, MYSELF AND MY BUDDIES
AND BROTHERS AND ANYWHERE WE GO
IF WE SPLIT UP WE ALWAYS GO IN
TWO AND TWO INSTEAD OF THREE AND ONE, SOMETHING LIKE THAT
ANDY: OFFICIALS SAY DESPITE THE
WARMER WEATHER, THERE HAS BEEN
SOME RAIN AND THAT INCREASES THE
RISK OF POSSIBLE HYPOTHERMIA. THEY SAY THEY WILL SEARCH UNTIL
DARK TONIGHT AND THEN DECIDE
WHAT COURSE TO TAKE FOR
TOMO

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