Feb 16, 2015 6:06 PM

Body of missing NYC hiker found in White Mountains


The search for a missing hiker in the White Mountains comes to an end Monday. The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game report they the hiker's body at about 2 p.m.

Sunday afternoon search and rescue crews started searching more than three miles in 20 below temperatures, whipping winds, and deep snow trying to find a stranded hiker who was hiking alone.

New Hampshire House Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, an avid hiker himself, knows well the dangers of venturing into the White Mountains when winter is at its worst. Bradley said, "These are worse than extreme conditions. You can get disoriented very quickly especially in the fog and falling snow. If you lose the trail marked by these big markers called cairns, you can get far away from where you thought you were very quickly."

The search was suspended Monday morning at 3 a.m. because it was too dangerous to continue, but crews were back at it at 8 a.m.

A locator beacon, registered to 32 year old Kate Matrosova of New York City, was activated at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday sending off a GPS signal and directing rescuers to an area near Mt. Madison...
Bradley said, "If she managed to get back to Madison Hut there would be shelter just below the hut in the trees.

But she didn't make it to that shelter. Fish and Game says they found her body where the beacon signal came from - an area between Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams...

Bradley said, "Between Adams and Madison in an area called Thunderstorm Junction, which just by the name is pretty ominous because the storms just blow over that area. All sorts of potential problems."

Fish and Game says Matrosova was found in that vicinity right near Star Lake. They say she didn't veer off her planned route. The weather was just too much to overcome.


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