Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Lt. James Goss, NHFG: (603) 271-3128
Kevin Hamilton, Student Conservation Association: 603/543-1700, ext.185
July 15, 2005
New York Teen Lost in White Mountains Is Found
CONCORD, N.H. -- A teenage conservation worker separated from his group while hiking in the Dry River Wilderness Area in New Hampshire's White Mountains made his way back to camp at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2005. The boy, Michael Levy of Long Island, N.Y., is fine. Search and Rescue teams from the U.S. Forest Service and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department had been mobilized, but the search was called off after Levy succeeded in finding his way back to the campsite.
Levy is one week into a month-long work session with the Student Conservation Association (based in Charlestown, N.H.), working on clearing backcountry trails in the White Mountain National Forest. The students are stationed at a camp about ten miles from Route 302 in Barlett, N.H. It was the group's day off, and six teens and two group leaders had hiked to Tuckerman Ravine near Mount Washington. On the way back, Levy became separated from the group and took a wrong turn in the area of the Davis Path and Isolation Trail. He had last been seen around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
When he was discovered missing, group counselors returned along the trail, but were unable to find him last night. Thunderstorms rolled through the area during the evening. A camp counselor hiked out to report the missing boy at about 2:30 a.m., as radio communication was not working. Search and Rescue teams from the U.S. Forest Service and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department were poised to launch a comprehensive search effort early this morning, but fortunately the boy found his way back safely on his own.
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