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January 15, 2004

Body of Backpacker Recovered in White Mountains

CONCORD, N.H. -- The body of a winter backpacker was recovered this afternoon in the area of South Twin Mountain and the Twinway Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. The body was spotted during a helicopter search by the Army National Guard and later airlifted off the mountain and transported to Concord Hospital. A cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of family members; Fish and Game officials will provide further information as it becomes available.

The Twinway Trail is several miles of rough hiking from the nearest road, in an area with several peaks above 4,000 feet elevation. Weather conditions in New Hampshire this week have been extremely cold, windy and dangerous, with the temperature dropping well below zero throughout the state. Mt. Washington Observatory reported temperatures ranging from -29 degrees F down to -44 degrees F on Wednesday in the White Mountains, with a reported wind chill of -94 on Mt. Washington.

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