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April 18, 2016

Press Release, Overdue Hikers, Underhill State Park







CASE#:  16A101845

TROOPER: Barone, Kelley, Warner                                          

STATION: VSP, Williston                    

CONTACT#: 802-878-7111


DATE/TIME: 4/17/2016 / 1845 hrs

LOCATION:  Underhill State Park, Mountain Rd., Underhill


VICTIM: Nicole Ramano, age 19

                Eugenia Sanabria, age 19

                Jake Ladue, age 19

                Jose Villa, age 19

                Abigail McNamera, age 19


CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: All reside in Burlington, VT




On 4/17/2016 at approximately 1845 hrs Eugenia Sanabria called Vermont State Police stating she and 4 friends were hiking in the area of the Sunset Ridge Trail when their group became separated.   She advised 2 members had proceeded further down the trail from the remaining 3. 


Sanabria advised they did not know what trail they were on and that the conditions were icy.   She stated the group was not dressed for the conditions and did not have supplies such as appropriate clothing, food or flashlights.   She advised members of the group were cold and wet and unable to continue due to difficult terrain and ice conditions.


Investigation determined the group signed in and proceeded from the Sunset Ridge trail at approximately 1400 hrs.  This is located off Mountain Rd., Underhill.

Sanabria's group was determined to be descending the mountain on the Laura Cowles Trail. 


While crews were staging the 2 separated members walked out and were determined to be uninjured.  


A crew from Colchester Technical Rescue Team responded and proceeded up the trail.  The remaining 3 hikers were located at approximately 2145 hrs.   They were escorted off the mountain and declined offers for medical attention.  


Vermont State Police encourage persons hiking at higher elevations to be prepared for winter conditions. Waterproof boots (not sneakers) with traction devices, extra layers of warm clothes, a headlamp, map, compass and knowing the route may become necessary for a safe and successful hike. Consider turning around when you hit icy or snow covered trails if you are not properly equipped or if travel and route finding becomes more difficult. 


Sergeant William Warner

Vermont State Police

2777 St. George Rd.

Williston, VT 05495

802-878-7111 ph.

802-878-2742 fax