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      Lt. Craig Morrocco: (603) 271-3127 
      Liza Poinier (603) 271-3211
      April 19, 2010

Lost Hikers Rescued on Mt. Monadnock

CONCORD, N.H. -- A pair of hikers from Rindge, N.H. -- Frank Strasser, age 29, and his sister Sharon Strasser, age 27 -- were rescued late last night (Sunday, April 18, 2010) after becoming lost on Mt. Mondanock. They had been hiking the White Dot Trail in Jaffrey. On their descent from the summit, they lost the trail and were overcome by darkness.

The lost hikers, who had a flashlight, used a cell phone to contact 911 dispatch and request assistance. At 8:50 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were dispatched to Mt. Monadnock. Conservation Officers Todd Szewczyk and Eric Hannett located the hikers at 11:20 p.m. on the opposite side of the mountain from where they began their hike. Recent logging activity and remaining ice storm damage hindered the rescuers’ progress. The pair were cold, wet and hungry. They were hiked out to the Dublin trailhead and transported to their vehicle at Mt. Monadnack State Park in Jaffrey.

According to Fish and Game Lt. Craig Morrocco, a late start and being unfamiliar with the trails above treeline were contributing factors in the pair’s ordeal.

Learn the hiker responsibility code at www.hikesafe.com.

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