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Missing Cambridge, MA hiker William Donovan found in NH’s White Mountains – NBC Boston

The body of a Massachusetts hiker who had been missing for nearly a month was found Tuesday under a bollard in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, officials said.

William Neal Donovan, a 65-year-old avid hiker from Cambridge, was reported missing on April 16. His car was found about two weeks later in the Crawford Path parking lot in Carroll.

This weekend, hikers found gear and a jacket believed to belong to Donovan in the Dry River, leading search and rescue crews to the area. They found the man’s body upstream, under a boulder about 4 miles from Route 302, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

With the help of dozens of volunteers carrying special tools, the boulder was moved and Donovan’s body was freed about eight hours after it was located, officials said.

Investigators don’t know how Donovan ended up in the water or why he was in the Dry River Wildnerness, in the White Mountains presidential range. Officials noted: “It appears that during his hike he was probably forced off the ridge in some way, probably due to high winds or bad weather, between Mt. Monroe and Mt. Eisenhower and ended up in very difficult and abandoned terrain of the Dry River Wilderness.”

The body would undergo an autopsy.

Officials have previously said that Cambridge police conducted a welfare check of his home and found a handwritten note indicating he may have wanted to climb Mount Jefferson and Mount Adams. Donovan lives alone and has not left an itinerary of his plans.