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Brad
06-17-2009, 12:15 PM
News from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department June 17, 2009
Phone: (603) 271-3211
Email: info@wildlife.nh.gov
For information and online licenses, visit http://www.wildnh.com

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CONTACT:
Lt. Robert Bryant: 603-271-3127
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
June 17, 2009


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. A photo is posted at http://www.wildnh.com/Newsroom/News_2009/News_2009_Q2/search_overdue_hiker_061709.html.

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

mojonh
06-17-2009, 12:37 PM
That sucks. I admit when I first did Washington I never bothered to sign any of the logs. Since then I've become a lot more experienced (and aware/careful) and make sure I always let someone know where I'm going, which trails, and when I'm planning on returning....especially when solo hiking.

It'd be a good idea to leave one on the dash of of the car too just in case.

Magpie
06-17-2009, 04:36 PM
Will you have a update for us soon.

Brad
06-17-2009, 06:45 PM
Will you have a update for us soon.
I will post an update when they send out their next alert e-mail. This guy has been missing for a week and folks have no idea what trails he was intending on using. That is a large area to search.

Knapper
06-17-2009, 07:17 PM
Saw the low-alt SAR heli's today. Good weather to be flying low but for Mt. W, it was weird seeing them that low. No news/comment on any progress made though.

Brad
06-18-2009, 05:36 PM
News from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department June 18, 2009
Phone: (603) 271-3211
Email: info@wildlife.nh.gov
For information and online licenses, visit http://www.wildnh.com

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CONTACT:
Lt. Robert Bryant: 603-271-3127
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
June 18, 2009


SEARCH FOR LOST CANADIAN HIKER TO END

CONCORD, N.H. - Unable to find any new clues after three days of searching, rescue officials will bring to a close the extensive ground and air search of the Mount Washington area of New Hampshire aimed at locating hiker Peter Shintani, age 70, of Napanee, Ontario, who has been missing for more than a week. Yesterday, more than 50 rescuers and a N.H. Army National Guard helicopter combed the rugged mountain area. The search continued today (June 18, 2009) with 22 rescuers deploying in the area looking for Shintani.

"While the ground search effort will halt, we will continue to actively seek input from the hiking public; if we get credible leads, we'll send officers to follow up," said New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Lt. Douglas Gralenski. "Unfortunately, so far we've found no reports or physical evidence that could help us trace Peter."

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers began searching trails near Mount Washington the afternoon of June 16. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were assisted by searchers from the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mountain Rescue Service, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, the US Forest Service and the New Hampshire Army National Guard.

"Searches of this magnitude stretch the resources of the search and rescue community," said Gralenski. "We give it the maximum effort, but there has to be an end point. We've talked with Peter's family and they have expressed understanding and appreciation of the effort that has been made."

If anyone comes across information pertaining to Peter Shintani's whereabouts since June 8, 2009, please call the N.H. Fish and Game Dispatch line at 603-271-3361. A photo is posted at http://www.wildnh.com/Newsroom/News_2009/News_2009_Q2/search_overdue_hiker_061709.html.

No further information is available at this time.

CHRIS
06-18-2009, 06:31 PM
Hopefully he will just pop out some place or maybe he just wanted to disappear.

Snow Miser
06-20-2009, 02:16 PM
Hopefully he will just pop out some place or maybe he just wanted to disappear.

At age 70, one has to wonder:(

Brad
06-21-2009, 06:34 AM
I have seen far older looking men out there doing MW in past years. There was one fellow who was always heads down - moving right along - would not look up to talk with you - very focused - as he plowed right past you! I would like to think I will still be out there at that age.

Breeze
06-22-2009, 09:48 PM
I was listening to the awards for the Foot Race on Saturday 6/20 and was totally humbled WRT the "age" card.

The "senior " finishers ran the entire Auto Road ( which includes the BRUTAL grade of the New Service Road up to the Sherman Adams building ) in less than 3 hours

Senior Woman's finisher was Hildy Fosse, age 80, of Holderness NH with a time of 2:39:47.

Senior Men's finisher was George Etzweiler, age 89, of State College PA, in 2:57:12, and he beat his 63 year old son Larry over the timing mat by 32 seconds.

WOW!


Breeze

Brad
06-23-2009, 05:41 AM
My goodness. I have a long ways to go!

donnellyvj
06-29-2009, 11:14 AM
Any updates yet on this hiker? You would think with traffic on MW something would have come up by now.

KD Talbot
06-29-2009, 11:45 AM
Was there Saturday. His picture is posted prominently around Pinkham.

If you wandered off trail, which to me is the most likely scenario, they might never find you, which has been the case with several others.

KDT

Steve M
06-29-2009, 07:02 PM
That's unfortunate. It's sad to see the list grow year after year.

Brad
06-29-2009, 09:04 PM
The last e-mail I got on this search was that they were calling it off.

Charlie
06-30-2009, 09:08 PM
they needed a bloodhound there
that would be a tough job for them

Breeze
07-06-2009, 08:01 PM
Be looking for a NHF&G release tonight/early tomorrow. A recovery is underway.

My humble respects to the Shintani Family for their patience and grace during this sad and difficult time. Domo sumimassen, domo arigato.

My respect also to NHF&G, AVSAR and a host of volunteers who give of themselves in so many ways.

Breeze

KD Talbot
07-06-2009, 08:20 PM
I'm sure it will be a great relief for the family. Thoughts and prayers for all involved. Special thanks to all involved in the search and recovery.

KDT

Brad
07-06-2009, 08:36 PM
Very sad. I will post the e-mail when it comes through.

Charlie
07-06-2009, 10:15 PM
do we know where he was found

spyboy
07-07-2009, 11:04 AM
The Fish and Game Department said the body of a male was found Monday evening off the Lion's Head Trail, about three-fourths of a mile from the top of the mountain.

http://www.wmur.com/news/19978829/detail.html

CHRIS
07-07-2009, 11:49 AM
This is very sad. He was so close but yet so far.It reminds me of some of the stories I read in "Not Without Perril". My sympathy goes out to his family.

Snow Miser
07-07-2009, 12:27 PM
Does anyone recall what the weather was the day he went missing? Could the mountain have been in the clouds and cold enough for hypothermia to occur? My sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Brad
07-07-2009, 12:39 PM
The Conditions page at the end of the day showed 20-45 MPH winds during the day. Temperature dropping all day down to freezing at 5 PM. Cloudy skies - rain - thunderstorms. At 5 PM the visibility was zero. Not a good day to be above treeline at all!

http://images49.fotki.com/v1507/photos/2/1002902/7597523/20090609_170838_conditions-vi.png

Jimmy Legs and Little d
07-07-2009, 02:23 PM
Sorry to hear that another person has lost their life in the White Mountains.

KD Talbot
07-07-2009, 03:01 PM
Purely conjecture on my part, but when we were there on the 27th there was thunder and rain rolling in. Many hikers crawled off trail under the krummholz for shelter. I thought at the time if he had done this and something happened, he was taken by hypothermia or a heart attack that he might never be found in those tangles of black spruce.

Sad and sobering.

KDT

Bill O
07-07-2009, 08:20 PM
Was he found above tree line?

Brad
07-07-2009, 09:42 PM
The WMUR article said near the summit. But, it was not worded well to know if it was near the summit of Mt Washington or of Lion Head. My guess is Lion Head and probably above treeline.

Bretton Woods Brat
07-08-2009, 07:15 AM
Thanks for the post Spyboy, been thinking about this man and his family. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones. :(

Brad
07-10-2009, 02:12 PM
News from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department July 10, 2009
Phone: (603) 271-3211
Email: info@wildlife.nh.gov
For information and online licenses, visit http://www.wildnh.com

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CONTACT:
Sgt. Wayne Saunders: 603-788-3164
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
July 10, 2009


BODY FOUND ON MOUNT WASHINGTON IDENTIFIED AS THAT OF LOST CANADIAN HIKER

CONCORD, N.H. -- A body recovered on Mount Washington on the evening of July 6, 2009, has been identified as that of Peter Shintani, age 70, of Napanee, Ontario, according to Sgt. Wayne Saunders of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Hikers had reported finding a body off the Lion's Head Trail on Mount Washington, the highest peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains, late Monday afternoon. Personnel from the Mount Washington State Park hiked to the area and confirmed the location of the body, approximately three-quarters of a mile from the top of the mountain. It was a few hundred feet from the trail, hidden from view from the trail or from the air by rocky ledges. Conservation Officers from the N.H. Fish and Game Department, members of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team and personnel from the Mount Washington State Park hiked to the location, along with a Medical Examiner and State Police Troop F Detective Sgt. Michael Marshall, who began an investigation at the scene. The body was transported to the summit of Mount Washington and taken down the mountain via the auto road. State Police then sent the body to the State Medical Examiners Office in Concord, N.H., for an autopsy and positive
identification.

Shintani had been missing for more than a week before his absence was reported on June 16, 2009. An extensive ground and air search of the Mount Washington area was launched, but failed to locate any sign of him. In all, more than 70 rescuers and a N.H. Army National Guard helicopter combed the rugged mountain area during the three-day search, which was finally called off on June 18, 2009. Following the search, N.H. Fish and Game continued to seek information from the hiking community about possible sightings or other clues. Shintani's sister in Ontario has been notified of the positive identification.

No further information is available at this time.
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Breeze
07-10-2009, 09:47 PM
Thank you Brad for the update~

There is closure now for Mr. Shintani's family, and for all those who have been involved with the search and recovery efforts.

Breeze