Tuesday, 01 October 2013 16:45

Reward for missing hiker

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Reward for missing hiker

The family of a missing hiker is now offering a reward for information that leads to her location. 66 year old Geraldine Largay vanished while hiking the Appalachian trail in July. Despite a massive search effort the Tennessee woman remains missing and authorities aren't sure what happened to her. Her family is now offering a $15 thousand dollar reward for information that will help solve the mystery. The following is a press release issued by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.


Note: Link to Video at bottom

Today George Largay, Geraldine Largay’s husband, and his family, are offering a reward of $15,000for information leading to the location of Ms. Geraldine Largay last seen hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Franklin County Maine.  Geraldine “Gerry” Largay is 66-years-old and is from Brentwood, Tennessee. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 115 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Her trail name is “inchworm” and she was last seen wearing a reddish colored pullover shirt, tan shorts, a blue hat, and a black & green backpack. Largay is an experienced hiker who was prepared with supplies. She had no previous incidents during her hike leading up to her disappearance. 

Geraldine Anita Largay started her hike on the AT on April 23, 2013 at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Her destination was Baxter State Park in Maine. Her husband George kept track of her along the way and made frequent pre-determined stops to resupply her. On Sunday morning July 21, she departed from her husband at the Route 4 AT crossing in Sandy River Plantation near the town of Rangeley. Later that day she texted her husband and advised she was on top of Saddleback Mountain.

Her plan was to stay at the Poplar Ridge lean-to in Redington TWP Sunday night. Investigators have confirmed from hiker interviews that Geraldine did stay the night at Poplar Ridge Lean-To on the night of Sunday, July 21, 2013. On Monday morning she texted her husband George and indicated she was again headed north on the AT. Her next stop would have been the Spaulding Mountain lean-to. Geraldine’s plan was to meet her husband on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Wyman Township at the Route 27 intersection with the AT. Geraldine never arrived at that location.

The Maine Warden Service was notified of Gerry’s disappearance on Wednesday July 24, 2013 and started searches and investigation that day. The search continued to grow with search resources, such as K-9’s, ground search teams, helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, All Terrain Vehicles, and Horses utilized during the search. Several of the search days had over 100 searchers searching for clues as to Gerry’s location. Since the search was scaled back after August 4, 2013 local search groups, K-9’s and wardens have conducted six more ground searches for Gerry. No clues such as clothing, hiker accessories, or backpacking equipment that can be attributed as coming from Gerry have been located from any ground search since it started.

The next phase of the search will be to wait for leaves to fall and have aircraft fly in areas where visibility is good and have not been searched. 

Both the Maine Warden Service and the Largay family seek any information from hikers or others who have specific information related to Geraldine Largay and her journey on the AT, especially information related to the dates between Sunday, July 21, 2013 and Tuesday July 23, 2013. Information will remain confidential. Those with any information are asked to call Maine Warden Service dispatch center at 207-624-7076 or leave information on our website http://www.maine.gov/ifw/aboutus/auto_forms/contact_us.htm

Picture taken July 22, 2013.

The following is a link to video of George Largay discussing the reward for Geraldine:



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