- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

SARGENTS PURCHASE, N.H (AP) - Authorities have suspended the search for a missing Canadian hiker whose car was found in a visitors center near Mount Washington.

Authorities launched a search Thursday for 47-year-old Francois Carrier of Drummondville, Quebec. State conservation officers and volunteers spent Saturday searching in and around the visitors center for him. Rescue dogs found Carrier’s back pack, which authorities believe he lost May 8 while hiking.

A witness contacted local police Saturday afternoon about a man he believes was Carrier. The witness says he saw him carrying a duffel bag earlier in the week.

Authorities say Carrier’s family has arrived from Quebec and will continue searching for him. He’s been added to the national database for missing persons.

The White Mountain range, including Mount Washington, is a popular hiking destination.

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