Lieutenant Mark Ober
March 17, 2019
Thompson & Meserve’s Purchase, NH – The search for a missing person was conducted by a team of Fish & Game Conservation Officers, U.S. Forest Service Snow Rangers, Mountain Rescue Services (MRS) and Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue (AVSAR). The Mt. Washington Observatory and Mt. Washington Auto Road provided logistical support to help establish the search team above the tree line.
Officials reported that Porith Stephon Sou, 21, of Dracut, MA had been listed as missing since Sunday, March 10th but information regarding his whereabouts remained unknown until his vehicle was located parked at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in Pinkham’s Grant on Saturday, March 16th.
With very little to go on, searchers received information that Sou might have been seen hiking in the Cutler River drainage on Friday March 8th and most recently on the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday March 9th. Searchers combed the trails and woodlands in these general areas searching for any signs of Sou.
The report of a person matching Sou’s description hiking on the Mt. Washington Auto Road was the most promising lead, but a search of the area failed to turn up any clues. Due to the immense area, deep snow, and the lack of specificity as to where Sou might have gone, the search has been suspended pending any additional information.
No further information is available at this time.