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Robert Hughes
Robert F. Hughes. If you have seen this man, please call (603) 271-3127. (Posted 09-02-08)
Robert F. Hughes
Robert F. Hughes.

Lt. Todd Bogardus: (603) 271-3361
Maj. Tim Acerno: (603) 271-3129
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211 
August 22, 2008                  

Search Underway for Missing Vermont Hiker in Zealand Falls Area of N.H. 

CONCORD, N.H. -- A search is underway for hiker Robert Hughes, age 59, of Williamsville, Vermont, who is missing on the Zealand Falls Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness area of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. 

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is coordinating the search effort. The search is focused on the Zealand Falls Trail, because Hughes was last seen being dropped off at the trailhead by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) shuttle at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2008. 

The search for Hughes began on Tuesday afternoon, when concerned family members reported him missing to authorities.  Hughes' family described him as being in a despondent state of mind. His vehicle was found parked at the AMC Highland House in Crawford Notch, N.H., and it was reported that he had attempted to make lodging reservations for Tuesday night at AMC's Zealand Falls Hut, though the cell phone transaction was not completed.

N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers are being assisted in the search by New Hampshire State Police detectives and helicopter, U.S. Forest Service personnel, Appalachian Mountain Club staff, Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue team members, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue personnel and New England K-9 Search and Rescue teams. 

If anyone has seen Robert Hughes or has any additional information, please call New Hampshire Fish and Game Department at (603) 271-3127.

No further information is available at this time.


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