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'He's alive' - Hiker still missing, but call offers relief

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

May 04. 2017 5:22PM

RANDY WILLET 



The brother of a Manchester man missing in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountain National Forest since Tuesday says he is alive and has made contact with Fish and Game officials.

“He’s alive, but they haven’t located him yet,” said Dan Willett, brother of Randy Willett, 53, of Manchester. “He called Fish and Game this afternoon, but the signal didn’t last long. At least we know he is alive and appears to be OK so far.”

Search and rescue teams have been looking for Willett in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountain National Forest since receiving a 911 call from him at 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday saying he was lost.

Willett told the 911 operator he was not on a trail and he had fallen in a brook. He only knew the name of the trail he had been hiking and the call was lost before he could give any other details including his name, where he was or where he had been.

Officers were able to identify him through his cellphone and talk to family members who provided them with Willet’s hiking agenda.

Willett planned an extended hike over four days, much of which was in the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

His brother Dan confirmed rescuers heard from Randy on Thursday.

“He didn’t know where he was, then the phone signal dropped,” said Dan Willett. “They are sending more rescuers to the location they believe he is at.”

Dan Willett said Fish and Game personnel were trying to triangulate a position where his brother may be based on where the cell phone call originated from.


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