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Hiker Killed After Tree Falls On His Hammock

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New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers say a missing hiker was found dead after a tree he placed his sleeping hammock on fell and struck him.

Officers say all indications point to what happened as being a tragic accident.

Fifty-year-old Edward Murphy, of Sandown, New Hampshire, was found Thursday night in an area called Bean's Purchase, which is in the White Mountain National Forest.

Officers said he was attempting a multi-day hike with an anticipated completion time of Wednesday.

When he still hadn't arrived back by noon Thursday, a search began. Search teams were assisted by a National Guard helicopter.

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