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    News from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department June 17, 2009
    Phone: (603) 271-3211
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    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_...er_061709.html.

    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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    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.

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    Will you have a update for us soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magpie View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    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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    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_...er_061709.html.

    No further information is available at this time.
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    Hopefully he will just pop out some place or maybe he just wanted to disappear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHRIS View Post
    Hopefully he will just pop out some place or maybe he just wanted to disappear.
    At age 70, one has to wonder
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    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.
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    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!


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