Lost Hiker Found Safe After Long Night in the N.H. Woods

Jul 16, 2018

N.H. Fish and Game called off the search when the hiker was found safe the following day.

New Hampshire officials say a hiker who went missing in the far northern part of the state has been found unharmed after ending up in a drainage system.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 37-year-old Michael Perkins of Abington, Massachusetts, had last been seen on Saturday around 5:30 p.m. on Jewell Trail in Thompson and Meserves Purchase, a Coos County township.

A search team looked for him through the night to no avail. However, when the team regrouped to form a new plan for daylight hours, a search and rescue squad member found Perkins walking down the road. He was tired and wet but otherwise uninjured.

Interviews later revealed that Perkins had unknowingly left the trail at a turn and ended up in the drainage system, an area created by the topography of the mountainside.