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April 21, 2014

Search Concludes for Missing Northfield Man

CONCORD, N.H. – The search for Aaron Hoyt, age 32, of Northfield, concluded today (Monday, April 21, 2014) when searchers found his body in the Smith River about a half mile below Profile Falls in Bristol, N.H. He was discovered about 9:30 a.m. by Conservation Officers patrolling in boats.

The search for Hoyt began a week ago on the evening of Monday (April 14, 2014), when he disappeared into fast-moving water following a leap into the icy Smith River. New Hampshire Fish and Game officials suspended the search midweek, as rapidly rising water from spring runoff made conditions unsafe for searchers.

By the weekend, with water levels receding, Fish and Game resumed the search all day on Saturday and Sunday, utilizing Fish and Game Conservation Officers and New England K-9 Search and Rescue teams. On Monday the Bristol Police Department also assisted.

The water level in the Smith River has gone down more than 30 feet since the high water mark on Thursday.

In an earlier press release, Fish and Game Lt. James Kneeland urged the public to use extra caution around all waterbodies until warmer temperatures – both air and water – arrive, and water levels return to normal. "Please take standard precautions, such as wearing a life jacket, and give the spring runoff a chance to occur before planning your water activities," Kneeland cautioned.

No further information is available at this time.

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