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Body of missing Vanderbilt student found in New Hampshire mountains

NASHVILLE — The body of a missing 20-year-old Vanderbilt University student has been found after she went missing in White Mountain National Forest while hiking in New Hampshire, officials said.

Emily Sotelo was dropped off Sunday morning at Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia, according to a statement from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. She intended to hike a route that included Mount Lafayette, Haystack and Flume.

Sotelo’s body was discovered around 11 a.m. ET Wednesday on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in the town which is in the northeast part of the state.

The woman’s cause of death was not immediately known.

The statement said the crews searched in difficult conditions from Sunday evening to Wednesday morning, but efforts were hampered by high winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow. Wind chill in the region was well below freezing this week, and particularly freezing at high altitudes.

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