More than 100 wardens, professional rescuers and volunteers have been searching for Geraldine "Gerry" Largay, 66, of Brentwood, TN, since she was reported missing by her husband, George, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Lost hiker Gerry Largay needs a miracle.
Today, almost two weeks later, the search was cut back extensively, according to Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service.
Gerry began hiking the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry, WV, in April, on her way to Mount Katahdin, in Maine's Baxter State Park, using the trail name "Inchworm."
George Largay was resupplying her at predetermined spots along the Trail.
Please Note: The dates in this story have been corrected from earlier versions. We regret the error.
Gerry didn't arrive as scheduled on Route 27 in Stratton, roughly 20-miles northeast of Rangeley and near the Sugarloaf ski resort, as expected on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Gerry sent a text to her husband at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, July 22nd -- the day before they planned to connect -- but she never arrived.
The missing hiker is 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighs 115 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black pullover shirt, tan pants, a blue hat and was carrying backpack that is black and green.
Lt. Adam and scores of searchers began looking for Gerry in a remote 81-square-mile search area. That was reduced to a 4.2 square mile section near the AT on Sunday, August 4th, when Lt. Adams said, "What we are trying to do today is get in between linear features that we have already searched. Things like trails, drainages, roads -- she's obviously not on those, which indicates to us she must be in between one of those and that is obviously much more difficult in this terrain."
On Monday, the search area was narrowed again to a 14-mile section of the Appalachian Trail extending between Lone Mountain in Mount Abram Township to Route 27 near Stratton.
Searchers on foot and horseback -- and nine dogs trained to pick up human scents -- did not find any clues about Gerry's disappearance.
On Sunday, July 21st, Inchworm spent the night at Poplar Ridge lean-to, eight miles west of the Spalding Mountain lean-to, which authorities first believed she reached ... but didn't.
Gerry was just 21.5 miles from the Route 27 intersection in Stratton, near where she planned to meet her husband. Since that time, her whereabouts have been unknown.
Game wardens are hoping to speak to hikers who may have been near the AT's Spaulding lean-to on July 22nd or July 23rd.
Gerry had been on the Trail for more than three months. She had planned her hike for a year and a half. She had a tent and was well supplied.
Then, she vanished.
Experienced searchers and rescue personnel looked in all the spots were they would expect a hiker to go. None of her personal belongings or hiking gear were spotted.
One modest clue came from an unidentified female who called the Stratton Motel. Reports say the lady called on Wednesday, July 24th around 5 PM and made a reference to "Inchworm" being late for a meeting with her (Inchworm's) husband.
We are thankful for the Civil Air Patrol ground searchers, the Mahoosuc Search & Rescue teams, Franklin County SAR, Maine Warden Service, the Acadia National Park SAR, and Maine Search and Rescue canine teams -- along with many dedicated volunteers.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Geraldine "Gerry" Largay a.k.a. "Inchworm" is asked to call the Augusta Public Safety Dispatch Center at 207-624-7076 or 1-800-452-4664.
We also thank TV station WCSH in Portland, Maine, for their extraordinary coverage.
At this time it seems our only hope is to ask God to keep Gerry safe until she can be found alive.
Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, News, Accidents, Appalachian Trail Clubs, Maine Appalachian Trail Club, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
Searchers scoured the Appalachian Trail in Maine looking for missing hiker Gerry Largay, aka "Inchworm." They say, "She's not there."
Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay, whose Trail name was "Inchworm" due to her speed, disappeared from the Trail in Maine one year ago. Where is she?
Published May 26, 2016. The Maine Warden Service believes the remains of missing Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay were located on October 14, 2015. Here are the details.
Geraldine Largay, an experienced hiker and nurse, vanished from the Appalachian Trail two years ago on July 22, 1013. Where is the lady we called Inchworm?
It's hard to believe that no clues have been found regarding "Inchworm" -- the AT hiker still missing in Maine.
The case of the hiker who went missing from the Appalachian Trail in Maine in 2013 gets curiouser and curiouser with news of Geraldine Largay's journal.
The valiant search for Gerry Largay continues on and around the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
The search for missing Appalachian Trail hiker Gerry Largay has frustrated search and rescue experts. They say, "No one just disappears."
A $15,000 reward has been offered for clues leading to the solution of the mysterious disappearance of Appalachian Hiker Gerry Largay in Maine.