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June 17, 2009

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Peter Shintani
Peter Shintani

Search Underway in White Mountains for Long Overdue Canadian Hiker

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers began searching trails near Mount Washington yesterday afternoon, and are continuing this morning (June 17, 2009), looking for any sign of overdue hiker Peter Shintani, age 70, of Napanee, Ontario, who has not been seen since 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8 - over a week ago.  Ground searchers are being assisted by several volunteer search and rescue organizations, including Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Mountain Rescue Service, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue, and New England K-9 Search and Rescue, as well as the US Forest Service and a New Hampshire Army National Guard helicopter.  It is not known which trails the Canadian hiker intended to use, a factor that complicates the search effort.

Fish and Game Lt. Douglas Gralenski summarized what is known so far about the situation:  Shintani arrived at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch base camp on June 8.  He had planned to hike up Mount Washington on June 9, return to camp that night, and leave for home on June 10.  Shintani was last seen in the parking lot of the base camp on the evening of June 8.  His vehicle was found in the Pinkham Notch parking lot after his sister reported him missing on June 16.  Shintani did not sign in the hiker registry at AMC Pinkham, the Hermit Lake Shelter in Tuckerman Ravine or the summit of Mt. Washington.  Shintani lives alone, which accounts for the time lapse before his absence was noticed and reported. 

"If anyone has seen Peter Shintani since the evening of June 8, please call in the information to Fish and Game Dispatch at 603-271-3361," Gralenski said. 

Shintani is described as being about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. 

No further information is available at this time.  Updates will be posted on the Fish and Game website as they become available.

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