Search underway for Vanderbilt student who went missing on a solo trip

NASHVILLE, Tennessee. (WSMV) – A search is underway for student Vanderbilt who went missing in New Hampshire.

20-year-old Emily Sotelo went missing around 18:00 on Sunday, November 11. 20 after being unable to return from a solo hike.

Sotelo was dropped off the morning of her disappearance at the Lafayette Place campsite in Franconia, New Hampshire, according to New Hampshire conservation officials. She had a proposed hiking trail of Mount Lafayette, Haystack, and Flume.

Sotelo was declared missing a few hours later.

Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team came out which as of Nov. 21, no information is known about Sotelo’s current whereabouts.

60 ground searchers representing several government agencies and search and rescue teams are surveying the area, as well as surrounding areas. Helicopters are also used when weather permits.

Sotelo is a second-year student at Vanderbilt University, majoring in biochemistry and chemical biology.

The dean of students at Vanderbilt University sent an email to the students with a statement regarding Sotelo.

“We hope Emily is found safe and are following up for any news of her well-being. We are in touch with her family members and have offered our support during this incredibly difficult time.

If you find yourself in need of support, please feel free to refer to the following resources.”

Sotelo is 5’3″, weighs 115 pounds, has brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a brown jacket and sweatpants.

Any tourists who may have encountered Sotelo on her intended route, or anyone with information on her whereabouts, are asked to notify the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 271-1170.