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April 12, 2005


Missing Massachusetts Hiker Rescued in White Mountains

CONCORD, N.H. -- Tired and cold, but unharmed, 32-year-old missing hiker John Jackson, of Carlisle, Mass., was found on the Dry River Trail in the Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire's White Mountains by a team of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers on Tuesday morning, April 12, 2005.

Fish and Game officers had searched through the night and into the morning hours, with today's search hampered by late-season snow squalls sweeping through the area. Jackson had been missing since Monday night, when he failed to return as expected from a two-day hike he began on Sunday, April 10. He had spoken with his brother by cell phone on Sunday evening, reporting all was well, but then did not arrive back in Massachusetts Monday night as planned. He was reported missing on Monday night, and N.H. Fish and Game officers immediately began their search, assisted by a N.H. State Police helicopter.

"We're thankful that we succeeded in finding him," said Capt. Martin Garabedian of Fish and Game. "It's not advisable to hike alone, but Jackson was smart to let someone know when and where he was planning to hike and when he was expected home. Weather and trail conditions this time of year in the White Mountains are unpredictable - you have to be prepared for just about anything."

For hiking safety information, visit http://www.hikesafe.com.

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