Search underway for Vanderbilt student who went missing on solo hike

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. (WSMV) – A Vanderbilt student is being searched for who has gone missing in New Hampshire.

Emily Sotelo, 20, was reported missing around 6pm on Sunday November 11. 20 after not returning from her solo trek.

Sotelo was dropped off at Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia, New Hampshire, on the morning of her disappearance, according to New Hampshire Conservation Officers. She had an intended hiking route from Mount Lafayette, Haystack, and Flume.

Sotelo was reported missing several hours later.

The Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue team released this on 11/21, no information is known about Sotelo’s current whereabouts.

60 ground surveyors representing multiple government agencies and search and rescue teams are investigating the area as well as surrounding areas. When the weather is nice, helicopters are also used.

Sotelo is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University majoring in biochemistry and chemical biology.

Vanderbilt University’s Dean of Studies emailed students a statement about Sotelo.

“We hope Emily is found safe and are monitoring for any news on her wellbeing. We are in touch with her family members and have offered our support during this incredibly challenging time.

If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the resources below.”

Sotelo is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 115 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen in a brown jacket and track pants.

Any hikers who may have encountered Sotelo along their planned route, or anyone with information as to her whereabouts, are asked to notify the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 271-1170.

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