Geraldine "Inchworm" Largay vanished from the Appalachian Trail in Maine two years ago. She's gone but not forgotten.
July 22nd, 2013 came and went largely unnoticed for most of us. Nobody remembers that the national average price for a gallon of gas was $3.67. Radio heads might recall Cruise was the #1 song for country folk. The most popular movie, The Conjuring, set a new record for the highest weekend debut for an original R-rated horror film.
Two facts that concerned the fewest people were 1) July 22, 2013 was World Goth Day, and 2) Geraldine Largay disappeared from the Appalachian Trail (AT).
Now, July 22nd will always remind me of the day the former nurse who earned the Trail name "Inchworm" went missing from the AT outside of Rangeley, Maine.
Gerry Largay, as she was known to her friends, was a skilled hiker doing the section of the AT from Harpers Ferry, WV to Katahdin.
Inchworm hit the Trail on April 23, 2013. Her husband of 42-years, George, supported her hike and met her at appointed times and places along the Trail for almost three months.
Geraldine Largay's smiling face was immortalized back then ... as was the news of her disappearing without a trace from the sparsely traveled AT in Maine's Saddleback Range.
As we wrote back then,
Getting lost in the woods is easy. Finding lost people in the woods isn't easy, but almost all are located within 24 hours and virtually all are found in 48 hours. Only a fraction of 1% of lost hikers remain missing. That small number, unfortunately, includes our sister, Inchworm, a 66-year-old hiker from Brentwood, TN.
On July 21, 2015, John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service shared this press release about the second anniversary of our sister's ordeal:
Geraldine "Inchworm" Largay: Missing Since July 22, 2013
Two years ago tomorrow, Geraldine Largay from Brentwood, Tennessee was last seen on the early morning of July 22 at Poplar Lean-to on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Maine.
She was planning to hike that day to Spaulding Lean-to in Redington Township, approximately eight miles to the north. The following day, July 23, she had planned to continue hiking north from Spaulding Lean-to located in Mount Abram Township to meet her husband who was waiting for her at the Route 27 crossing. Geraldine never arrived at that location.
Still today, Maine game wardens, searchers from the Maine Association of Search and Rescue (MASAR), Maine State Police, and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department continue to work together strategizing the search for Geraldine Largay.
Maine game wardens continue to plan future search efforts and will include areas that have not previously had ground search resources. There have been no clues found to date that can be attributed to Largay in any of the searches that have taken place.
The Largay family continues to express gratitude to all the searchers and investigators who have taken the time to search for Gerry. The family is still in contact with Maine Warden Service investigators and is updated routinely about searches and any investigative leads regarding her disappearance. [The picture on the right] is the last known photo of Geraldine taken at the Poplar Ridge Lean-to on July 22, 2013.
A reward in the amount to $25,000 remains available for anyone who can provide information to investigators that locates Geraldine Largay.
Anyone who has any information that can lead to the location of Largay or has information about other hikers or persons in the area of Poplar Lean-to or the Oberton Stream area on the Appalachian Trail on July 22, 2013, is asked to share the information with the Maine Warden Service by calling (207) 624-7076.
If this story is news to you, please click on the link below for some background information.
A number of hiking groups, individuals, news organizations and The Boston Globe have filed reports about how Gerry could not have simply faded into thin air. "People don't just vanish," as one authority put it two years ago.
People don't merely disappear. It's impossible.
Especially for two entire years.
Fingers have been pointed by gossips who believe Gerry:
A few truths are certain:
Geraldine's story continues to be told. The television series North Woods Law aired an episode about Gerry titled "Lost and Found," on December 11, 2013. You can see it in reruns and online.
Opinions differ about whether Inchworm will be found ... near or off the Trail.
One group of searchers confidently stated in this story "She's Not There!"
When you cannot find your car keys, tablet, purse or a friend on the Appalachian Trail ... and you have no idea where they are ... you just keep looking. Sometimes in the places you're sure you've already looked and sometimes in places where "they cannot be."
My guess is somebody knows something about Gerry they haven't shared. If that somebody is you, please call the Maine Warden Service Public Safety Dispatch Center in Augusta at 207-624-7076.
If you were missing, we would do the same for you.
We would not quit until you were found because we do not forget our friends on the Appalachian Trail.
Friends such as Geraldine "Inchworm" Largay.
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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.
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?
Searchers scoured the Appalachian Trail in Maine looking for missing hiker Gerry Largay, aka "Inchworm." They say, "She's not there."
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.
Maine's Office of Chief Medical Examiner used DNA analysis to positively identify the skeletal remains of Geraldine Largay, found on October 14, 2015.
Read the State of Maine's Medical Examiner's report of the death of Geraldine Largay here.
Published Oct 16, 2015. After 2 years, 2 months & 24 days, the remains of Geraldine "Inchworm" Largay (the hiker who vanished from the Appalachian Trail in Maine) were located.
Maine Wardens returned to the Appalachian Trail to search for Gerry Largay, aka "Inchworm." Again, they found no new clues.
It's hard to believe that no clues have been found regarding "Inchworm" -- the AT hiker still missing in Maine.