Skip to comments.Case of AT hiker missing for two years appears to have tragic end
Posted on 10/17/2015 3:50:29 PM PDT by Altariel
(CNN)For two years, the whereabouts of Geraldine "Gerry" Largay had confounded authorities in Maine.
Largay, a 66-year-old experienced hiker from Brentwood, Tennessee, disappeared while trekking the Appalachian Trail in July 2013.
Hundreds of people searched for her. There wasn't a single clue.
On Wednesday, a single person, a surveyor, came across bones, clothing and gear just over a half mile from the trail.
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Looks like she met a foul end.
Maybe a bear got her.
People missing for two years off a trail rarely come out of the woods and say hi.
At least now her family has some closure.
They lose them in the Superstition Mountains all the time. Crazy people come from all over the world looking for the mythical Lost Dutchman gold mine. A recent group was missing for 3 years before a random hiker came across the bodies. It would actually be a good way to “disappear” if you ever had need to do so.
Always go hiking with a buddy
Guess Mama Bear from “Blueberries for Sal” was encountered, and not the cub.
I understand the Feds wouldn’t allow drones to search for her. Or maybe that is a generic blanket ban for all forests. ???
here’s 2 pics w/article from :
Robert McCloskey can’t be beat.
Ann Coulter’s new book “Adios America” talks about illegals taking over portions of national parks for drug activity. Maybe she ran into someone protecting a crop of pot.
Her body was found on land owned by the U.S. Navy.
I can see three plausible theories at this point:
1. Apparently it was raining hard when she was reported missing; perhaps it was raining and she lost the trail.
2) She left the trail to avoid a wild animal and couldn’t find it again.
3) A criminal encountered a lone woman on the trail, but since bones, clothing and gear were left, either he wasn’t looking to relieve her of her worldly goods or she got too close to something someone didn’t want her to see.
So one mystery apparently has given way to another. Now the question is how did Largay end up so far off the trail? On land owned by the U.S. Navy.
Largay, whose trail name was “Inchworm,” started her journey in April 2013 at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
She was last seen on July 22 where she talked with two women at a lean-to, a sheltered stopping point. She planned to hike eight miles north that day and then continue the next day to a point where the trail crossed a road. Her husband was to meet her there, but she never showed.
According to the Boston Globe, Largay left the trail near a Navy survival school. The search for her was made more difficult because the skies had poured on July 23.
She should have known she was on prohibited land, Adam said. It was marked.
“I don’t know how she got there. I don’t know why she’s there,” he said, according to the WABI report.. “Hopefully, with some of the stuff we’ve found, her belongings, maybe that will give us some indication once we look at that.”
I’ve been following this story. For the family, they can finally have some peace of knowing where she was although the “why” might never be determined (unless they find signs that someone killed her). Having been involved in a similar situation, I can say that it’s a bit of hell, not knowing where your loved one is ... constantly ‘on edge’ and wondering if and when they’ll ever be found. The uncertainty is brutal. I had to wait ‘only’ a year, unlike some who wait much longer or never find/recover remains. RIP Gerry.
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