Missing hiker’s campsite found in New Hampshire

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — The campsite of a missing Brick Township man has been discovered in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.
Alexander “Greg” Auriemma. PHOTO COURTESY OF CATHY AURIEMMA
Brick resident Alexander “Greg” Auriemma, 64, went missing while hiking in the White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire in early July. After failing to return to the White Mountains Hostel in Conway, New Hampshire, on July 5, the hiker was reported missing on July 12, according to Kevin Auriemma, his brother. He was last seen at a campsite in the federally managed forest, Kevin Auriemma said. On Monday, Kevin Auriemma said his brother’s campsite had been discovered in the mountains. According to Kevin Auriemma, an unidentified female hiker noticed the campsite — located about a day’s hike away from the campsite where Mr. Auriemma was last seen in a particularly remote location — on July 7. After seeing the campsite undisturbed a week later on July 14, the hiker reported the site to a ranger, he said. At the site, Mr. Auriemma’s backpack, water bottle and medications with his name printed on the bottles were found, he said. “We’ve confirmed he was up in the mountains,” Kevin Auriemma said. “We know where his tent site was.” According to Ed Auriemma, another brother of the hiker, it is believed Mr. Auriemma encountered a dangerous storm on July 1, including straight-line winds and flash floods. “There was some very wicked weather around the time of his disappearance,” Ed Auriemma said. His brother is an experienced hiker, Kevin Auriemma said, and had hiked the White Mountains several times. Currently, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is investigating the case, said Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner. An officer from Fish and Game did not immediately respond to requests for comment. According to Kevin Auriemma, the search team includes helicopters, a dog team and a number of experienced search and rescuers. “The only assistance we would ask for is if there are any experienced hikers or anyone familiar with the New Hampshire wilderness, if they can offer assistance,” Ed Auriemma said. In addition to being an avid hiker, Mr. Auriemma is an environmentalist, Kevin Auriemma said. Mr. Auriemma received an award from the Obama administration as a champion of change as a community activist for the environment and served as a chair of the Ocean County Sierra Club, Kevin Auriemma said.