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October 23, 2007      

Name Released in Tragic Hiker Death in White Mountains

CONCORD, N.H. - The name of the 32-year-old Danish woman who was killed in a tragic accident in the White Mountain National Forest on Saturday, October 20, has been released.  Stine Rossel, a Danish citizen and a professor at the University of Copenhagen, had been hiking with her husband Brian Wood, of Somerville, Massachusetts, who is a graduate student at Harvard University.  They had been married just two months.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m., about a mile and a half in on the Boulder Loop Trail in Albany, N.H. on a steep section of the trail.  Wood and Rossel were on a day hike and had stopped for lunch, sitting on a deteriorating log that was about 2 -1/2 feet in diameter.  A 20-foot section of the log broke off under their weight, and they slipped down in front of it as it rolled down the steep hillside. The log hit both hikers, but struck Rossel in the head, neck and chest, killing her. 

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were called shortly after 3 p.m.  Wood had performed CPR on his wife, assisted by another hiker, a nurse, who happened to be nearby, but they were not able to resuscitate her.  Paramedics who arrived on the scene pronounced Rossel deceased.  Wood was able to walk out on his own with the rescuers.

"This was a most tragic accident," said Lt. James Goss of N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement.  "Her husband is just devastated."

Fish and Game officers were assisted by rescue personnel from the North Conway and Conway fire departments.

No further information is available at this time.

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