Conservation Officer Nick Masucci
September 24, 2019

Marlborough, NH – On Monday, September 23rd at approximately 6:48 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified by Monadnock State Park staff of an injured hiker on the Marlborough trail. The hiker was located below the summit, approximately 1.25 miles from the trailhead. The hiker was identified as 20-year-old, Samantha Ann Murdough of Troy. Murdough began hiking from the Marlborough trailhead with her boyfriend at approximately 12:00 p.m. At approximately 5:40 p.m., Murdough was heading down the trail when she tripped on a rock, sustaining an injury to her lower left leg. Unable to continue down the rest of the trail, a request for help was initiated by calling 911.

Members of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (Monadnock State Park Staff), Student Conservation Association, three Conservation Officers, and a few volunteers all responded to carry out Murdough. First responders carried Murdough down the remainder of the mountain to the Marlborough trailhead, arriving at approximately 10:30 p.m., where further care was provided by the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance. Murdough was transported to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene for further medical evaluation.

This incident is a good reminder to all outdoor enthusiasts to plan appropriately when hiking. When hiking, always carry appropriate equipment for unexpected situations and be prepared to spend the night if necessary. Having appropriate gear aides in safety. Please visit for a list of recommended hiking equipment.

No further information is available at this time.