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April 27, 2010

Search Underway for Missing Hiker in Franconia, N.H.

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Peter Murphy
Peter Murphy, age 46, of Littleton, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has a search underway for a missing man presumed to be hiking in the Mt. Lafayette area of Franconia, and seeks information from anyone who may have seen the hiker.

It is believed that Peter Murphy (age 46) of Littleton, N.H., may have gone hiking on the Skookumchuck Trail in Franconia during the weekend. After failing to report for work on Monday, April 26, co-workers reported him overdue, and local police searched for Murphy’s car, which was eventually located at the Skookumchuck Trailhead just off Route 3 in Franconia.  N.H. Fish and Game was notified around noon on Tuesday, April 27.  Searchers are currently working the trails and woodland areas searching for any sign of Murphy.

Murphy is an electrical engineer in Littleton and is described as being 6 feet tall, weighing 220 pounds, with salt/pepper to gray hair and a gray mustache.  He may have been carrying a small blue/black backpack.

If anyone thinks they may have seen Peter Murphy on the trail, or has any information as to his whereabouts, please contact the N.H. State Police Troop F at 603-846-5517 or the N.H. Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement at 603-271-3361.

Assisting N.H. Fish and Game with the search are the N.H. State Police, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, New England K-9 Search and Rescue and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team.

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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