Snowmobiler gets separated from friend and is found dead hours later, NH officials say

A 60-year-old woman was found dead in the woods of New Hampshire hours after going for a night-time snowmobile ride, officials said.

The woman, an avid snowmobiler, and her friend embarked on a trail ride in Groton around 5 p.m. on March 17, according to a news release from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

The pair split up early on, and her friend was unable to find her, officials said.

After scouring the area for hours, the friend contacted a family member who then found the woman’s location using her cell phone.

The friend then traveled to the location and found the woman “off trail and in some trees,” officials said.

He attempted to revive her, but was unsuccessful. Rescue personnel pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Her identity has not been publicly released.

Speed may have been a factor in the accident, officials said, adding that the woman crashed near a bend in the trail after a lengthy straightaway. The trail was also “soft and mushy,” as a result of warm weather, likely making maneuvering difficult.

The crash remains under investigation, officials said.

Groton is a rural town about 50 miles northwest of Concord.

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