130 search Appalachian Trail for Brentwood woman missing in Maine

Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:33pm

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) - About 130 people, some with dogs, horses, ATVs and aircraft, searched Saturday for a Tennessee woman who disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

Maine Warden Service Corp. John MacDonald said investigators made contact with some hikers who may be able help as they try to determine if Geraldine Largay, 66, of Brentwood, Tenn., was seen in an area of western Maine between two shelters.

It was sunny with temperatures in the low 80s as searchers, among them wardens, forest rangers, horseback teams, the U.S. Border and Civil Air patrols, looked for Largay.

Largay was supposed to meet her husband Monday in Wyman Township but never showed up.

The 5-foot-5, 115-pound Largay, an experienced hiker, was last seen wearing a black pullover shirt, tan pants, a blue hat and a black-and-green backpack.

MacDonald said investigators are trying to verify if Largay was seen between the Poplar Ridge Lean-To and the Spaulding Mountain Lean-To of the trail. They also need to verify if she stayed overnight at the Spaulding Mountain Lean-To Monday night into Tuesday morning. A command post was established at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort.

Hikers along the Appalachian Trail are encouraged to adopt trail names; Largay uses "inchworm." Investigators sought hikers with the names "Cowboy," ''Marathon," Postman," ''Breeze," ''Paranoid," ''Crunchmaster," ''Harpo/Groucho," ''Ice Pack/SOBO '13," ''Luke 11:9," ''Sandman," ''BBTGR," and ".com/Queen."

MacDonald said investigators also are still trying to find a female hiker who reported staying at the lean-to in Spaulding with Largay on Tuesday night. The woman called a nearby hotel but didn't leave her name.

Bear baiters in the area have been asked to be on the lookout for her.

Largay had started her hike in April at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., with a destination of Baxter State Park in Maine.

Her husband had been keeping track of her progress along the trail and was making pre-determined stops to replenish her supplies.

5 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 7/27/13 at 4:43

An "experienced" hiker would hike with friends or in a group, use cell phone at agreed check in stages, even a GPS. I hope all is okay, but someone with experience knows to do the things I listed, especially if others are checking on you.

By: nvestnbna on 7/29/13 at 9:07

Sounds like she was pretty "experienced" if she'd made it 1500 or so miles from W.VA to Maine. It is not uncommon for people to hike the trail alone. Blaming this on her lack of experience really indicates the poster's lack of knowledge about the subject.

By: courier37027 on 7/29/13 at 12:50

Firey Gizzard, Mount Lecomte, 50 mile runs, Warner are among my accomplishmebts. While I don'tt have a 1500 miler to my credit, 100 percent of my hikes are safe and finished. Now you know before you ignoirantly spout off again.

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By: wolftale on 8/1/13 at 5:49

Courier37027...apparently you didn't do your homework before you decided to chide this lady about what she should have done. First of all, you apparently didn't bother to check about her cell phone use or you would have known that she did contact her husband the night before from the top of a mountain on the trail and had a plan to meet up at a pre-determined "drop point" (see last sentence in article), and if you knew anything about this state, not to mention the mountain trails, you would also have known that reliable cell service is non-existent in much of the state. Second, if you knew anything about hikers on the Appalachian Trail you would have known that it is common practice to do so by yourself, but then again, you are never truely alone. They are a unique "family". Lastly, although you may have some "accomplishments" none of them are here on these trails in this state. I have experience walking 13 miles one-way to work every night at midnight, but I wouldn't dream of doing that in say NYC or L.A. with or without a cell phone or GPS. In my opinion, a truely experienced outdoors person, need only a compass and a map. Besides noone said she is "lost" just missing. Even an experienced hiker can trip and fall. Perhaps, as a fellow outdoorsman, you could have left your comment as "I hope she is OK" period. but then again you are probably the type that kicks the dog when he comes home then wonders why he keeps running away, while the rest of us are wondering why he comes home.