Sgt. Brian Suttmeier: (603) 271-3361
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
June 5, 2006
BODY OF HIKER RECOVERED FROM MOUNT SUNAPEE
CONCORD, N.H. — On Sunday, June 4, 2006, rescuers carried the body of
hiker Donald Leighton off the south side of Mount Sunapee in Newbury,
Leighton, age 56, of Concord, was hiking on the Monadnock-Sunapee
Greenway Trail with a friend when he collapsed just north of Lucia’s
Lookout, approximately 4.5 miles south of the Newbury Trail trailhead near
Lake Sunapee. His hiking companion, Richard Martel of Pembroke, hiked back
to the trailhead to alert authorities.
Thirty rescuers from NH Fish and Game, the Newbury Fire Department, and
the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team participated in the recovery
effort, which took more than 6 hours in extremely rough conditions and
ended around midnight. According to Sgt. Brian Suttmeier of NH Fish and
Game, rescuers carried Leighton’s body about three miles over rugged
and rocky trails in rain, fog and darkness.
The State Medical Examiner’s office determined that Leighton died
suddenly of complications from heart disease.
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