Missing hiker found at New Hampshire hotel to be billed for massive search ...

Christophe Chamley, 70, a professor at Boston University, will likely be fined thousands of dollars for a search operation

Christophe Chamley, 70, a professor at Boston University, will likely be fined thousands of dollars for a search operation

An economics professor who sparked a massive manhunt when he failed to return from a hike is now facing a bill of thousands of dollars for wasting rescuers' time.

Christophe Chamley, 70, who works at Boston University, planned a solo hike over two mountains in New Hampshire last month but abandoned the trip last-minute.

Mr Chamley stayed overnight at a luxury hotel instead, but a WhatsApp message to his wife telling her about the change of plans failed to send.

When he failed to return home the following morning she called mountain rescue to report him missing, sparking a huge search operation.

In total the search involved 25 people, snow cat automobiles, a National Guard helicopter, and dozens of pieces of specialist cold weather equipment. 

Adding urgency to the search, Mr Chamley's wife also informed emergency workers that he had a medical condition.

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25 rescuers using snow cat automobiles and a National Guard helicopter searched for Mr Chamley after he abandoned his hike, but failed to inform his wife of his plans

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