Jul 17, 2017 11:31 AM
Search for missing New Jersey man in NH's White Mountains continues
CONWAY — The search for a missing 63-year-old New Jersey man in New Hampshire's White Mountains continues.
Officials received a report that Gregory Auriemma went missing last week with a last known location of North Conway. Later in the week, developed information showed that he stayed in the area of the Mizpah Spring Hut in Bean's Grant on or around June 28.
Authorities also found that Auriemma was linked to an abandoned campsite near the Dry River Trail in Cutts Grant, which Fish and Game confirmed Saturday that the abandoned campsite was Auriemma's. The search team conducted a ground search of the Dry River drainage and the New Hampshire National Guard Blackhawk helicopter searched the area by air. Fish and Game Conservation Officers also interviewed hikers by the trail.
The Dry River area is a very remote portion of the White Mountains; searchers must hike approximately four hours to access the area to begin searching, Fish and Game said.
Authorities are asking the public for any information available from hikers who have been in this area and may have met up with Auriemma, described as a white male with gray hair, around 5-feet, 11-inches tall and 190 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call 603-271-3361.
Additional on-the-ground search assistance is not being requested at this time. The search is likely to be scaled down after Monday, depending on what is found, according to Fish and Game Lt. Bradley Morse.
The New Jersey Sierra Club, which Auriemma is a long-time active member of, showed their concern for his disappearance.
“We’re very troubled and concerned about Greg being missing for so long. The New Jersey Sierra Club is asking for anyone to join the search, especially experienced hikers in the area. If anyone has any information, please contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game or New Hampshire State Police," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
Fish and Game Conservation Officers have been assisted in the search by the Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue, the Appalachian Mountain Club, U.S. Forest Service, a New Hampshire State Police search team, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, and New Hampshire State Forest Rangers.