Wardens intensify search area for missing hiker Gerry Largay

11:37 AM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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Gerry Largay

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The search resumed Sunday for the Tennessee woman who has been lost on the Appalachian Trail for nearly two weeks.

Searching had been suspended Friday and Saturday because of weather conditions, and the need to bring in search teams trained for the difficult terrain. Geraldine Largay was last heard from July 22nd, on a section of the Trail between Rangeley and Carrabassett Valley. A week and a half of searching has found no trace of her.

Today's search involved nearly 120 trained volunteers and game wardens, and focused on a roughly three-mile section of the trail between Lone Mountain and what's called the Spaulding lean-to. They also concentrated search efforts on areas between the Appalachian Trail itself and two side trails, one of which leads to Mount Abraham. Wardens say information from other hikers has helped them narrowed the search for Largay to that area. But they won't know for sure until they find her.

Lt. Kevin Adam says they know where Largay was last positively seen, and also know she never reached the Spaulding lean-to, considered a comfortable day's hike from where she would have started.  "The only theory left," says Adam, " is she went off somewhere between Lone Mountain and Spaulding. Why she went off the trail may be a question we can never answer."
Adam said the area they are focused on is very steep and rocky, and the search process is slow, even with the help of dogs, horses and aircraft. They planned to continue searching throughout the day, and if nothing is found, decide Sunday night whether to resume in the morning. Lt. Adam said at this point he is "gravely concerned" for Largay's well-being. 


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