According to John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service, the family of missing Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay (also known as “Gerry”), of Brentwood, TN, stated on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, they are increasing their reward for locating Gerry to $25,000. The previous amount was $15,000. The reward will be for anyone who can provide information to investigators that locates Geraldine Largay.
Gerry, a former nurse from Brentwood, Tennessee, was 66 years old when she vanished. She was 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighed 115 pounds, had brown hair and brown eyes. She commonly wore a black pullover shirt, tan pants, a blue hat and carried a black-and-green backpack.
Her Trail name is “Inchworm” and she has been missing for more than a year. She was last seen early on the morning of July 22, 2013, at Poplar Lean-to in Maine, where she spent the night with other hikers. Inchworm planned on hiking that day to Spaulding Lean-to about eight miles to the north, but never arrived.
The accomplished hiker had planned to continue hiking north from Spaulding Lean-to, in Mount Abram Township, to meet her husband, George, on July 24th. He was waiting for her where the AT crosses Route 27 in Wyman Township, between the towns of Carrabasset and Stratton.
As recently as September 14, 2014, Maine game wardens and searchers from the Maine Association of Search and Rescue (MASAR) returned to Redington Township in Franklin County to continue the search for Geraldine.
These most recent search efforts concentrated on areas east of Oberton Stream and west of Mount Abram Trail that had not had documented ground search efforts before. Searchers were equipped with GPS trackers. After receiving specific assignments, wardens were able to document where searching occurred. That assists wardens greatly in tracking search efforts and aids in determining future search strategies.
This particular search was one of several that were conducted over the summer for Geraldine Largay and was not prompted by any particular piece of information.
Maine game wardens continue to search areas where Largay may possibly be located that have not had prior ground searches. Thus far, no clues have been found that can be attributed to Inchworm in any of the searches.
The family of Geraldine Largay is grateful for all the searchers and investigators who have taken the time to help find Gerry. They remain in contact with Maine Warden Service investigators and are updated routinely about searches and any investigative leads regarding her disappearance.
Anyone who has any information that can lead to the location of Geraldine or who has information about other hikers or persons in the area of Poplar Lean-to or the Oberton Stream area on the Appalachian Trail last year on July 22, 2013, is asked to please share the information with the Maine Warden Service. Please call 207-624-7076.