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Vanderbilt student who went hiking in New Hampshire found dead

WZTV - Nashville 6 days ago Kat Gerasimenko
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The body of a Vanderbilt University student who had been reported missing in New Hampshire was found Wednesday.

Emily Sotelo, 20, went hiking alone on a trail on Nov. 19. A spokesperson from New Hampshire Fish and Game tells FOX 17 News she likely died on Sunday. He also said that the conditions were harsh, with temperatures in the single digits and winds at 40-50 mph.

Sotelo had left on a hike by herself Saturday morning. When she did not return on time, a search party spent the following days looking for her.

It was just after 11 a.m. Wednesday when a search party found Sotelo's body on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia. 

Vanderbilt University's Vice Provost and Dean of Students G.L. Black sent the following message to students:

I am writing to share the very sad news that Emily Sotelo, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science, has passed away.
As I indicated yesterday, Emily was reported missing after failing to return from a hike in New Hampshire. Tragically, her body was recovered by the search teams today.
Emily, who was from Westford, Massachusetts, transferred to Vanderbilt from the College of William & Mary and was majoring in biochemistry and chemical biology. An active member of the university community, Emily was the community service chair for the DORE Initiative and public relations chair for Big Dore Lil Dore.
Our thoughts during this difficult time are with her family and all of her many friends at Vanderbilt and beyond.
We understand processing such sad and unexpected news can be challenging and encourage anyone in need of support to take advantage of the many resources available. During the academic break, you can reach an on-call behavioral health provider by calling the University Counseling Center at 615-322-2571 or the Crisis Text Line by texting “VANDY” to 741741. Vanderbilt Telehealth by AcademicLiveCare is also available, and you can schedule a visit with a therapist by visiting the Student Care Network's website, or view the user guide to get started.
A full list of resources is listed below. In addition, an informal processing session for students will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the E. Bronson Ingram College Great Room (1004) with staff members from the Student Care Network and Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.

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