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Mass. Teen Dead after Nighttime Sledding Trip

AmbulancePINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say an 18-year-old Massachusetts man has died after he and friends went on a midnight sledding excursion at Wildcat Mountain ski area.

Searchers found the body of Joseph Murad of Hanson, Mass., at about 8 a.m. Friday in the woods off the side of one of the ski trails a half mile below the summit.

Fish and Game conservation officers say two friends reported him missing at 3:30 in the morning, after their search for him failed.

Authorities say they believe injuries sustained when his sled crashed were the major cause of Murad’s death.

Fish and Game officials stress that Wildcat was closed at the time the trio hiked to the summit, and that sledding is not allowed on ski trails even when the mountain is operating.


  • paulb62

    These were not kids, they were young adults that did something stupid and senseless. I am sure alcohol was an influence for this tragedy
    My condolences to the family. The sad part is his friends may be charged with some
    criminal charge

  • alpinequeen

    Some teenage boys have an exaggerated sense of immortality believing they can do anything. In this case, a video game would have been a smarter choice.

  • CaitH

    As a friend of this boys it breaks my heart to see these comments. Yes teens do make stupid decisions and feel a sense of immortality but I just want to point out how this boy actually was. He was the kindest sweetest genuine person I know with not a bad bone in his body. He worked on that mountain every day and knew it well. He decided to make one, just one bad decision that night andyyes it cost him his life. But please, be decent human beings and don’t assume that this boy was just stupid an irresponsible. No one is perfect. It was one bad decision. And I guess it was his time to go. Rip Joe.

  • CaitH

    You all should be ashamed of yourselves talking about a young boy who you never knew. I was his friend and he had not one bad bone in his body. His mother had died three years ago he had taken care of his sister and they lived with his father until he Decided to work in the mountains to help make trails and save lives. He made one bad decision. It ended his life, but that does not in any way make him a stupid teenager who thinks he’s god. Be courteous next time you comment about a young boy who has passed away.