The frozen body of a 32-year-old Manhattan woman was discovered Monday after a team of rescuers braved 108-mile-per hour winds trying to save her before it was too late.
Search and rescue crews couldn't reach the area overnight because of extreme winds exceeding 100 mph and temperatures about 30 degrees below zero, authorities said.
A National Guard crew flew over the area with a helicopter on Monday morning but couldn't see anything because of blowing snow and had to turn back.
A team made up of Fish and Game officers, Mountain Rescue Services members and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue members braved 108 mph winds and frigid temperatures to reach the area. They said it appears Matrosova, 32, died of exposure to the extreme temperatures.
"I guess if you are gonna hike in this type of weather you need to be in a more sheltered area, not up on an open exposed ridgeline," New Hampshire's Fish and Game Lt. Jim Goss told WMUR-TV. "There's just no room for error in a place like that."