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    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

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    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.

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    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.
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    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!

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    Sorry to hear that another person has lost their life in the White Mountains.

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    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.

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    Was he found above tree line?
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    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.
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    Thanks for the post Spyboy, been thinking about this man and his family. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones.
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    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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