July 30, 2013

Maine searchers for missing hiker employ plane, dogs

By Jesse Scardina / The Kennebec Journal

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Searching continued Tuesday for a missing woman who was hiking the Appalachian Trail and whose last confirmed sighting was July 21.

About 60 searchers continued looking for Geraldine Largay, 66, of Brentwood, Tenn., who started her hike of the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia in April.

The search Tuesday is being conducted by a Maine Warden Service aircraft, Civil Air Patrol ground searchers, Mahoosuc Search and Rescue, Franklin County Search and Rescue, Acadia National Park Search and Rescue, and the Maine Search and Rescue search dogs, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service in a news release.

The Warden Service continues to try to make contact with an unidentified woman who called the Stratton Motel on July 24 about 5 p.m., saying that she had crossed paths with Largay.

Largay’s husband, George, had been following her progress via text messages throughout her trip. On July 21, Largay left Sandy River Plantation near Rangeley and texted her husband that she was on top of Saddleback Mountain. Largay sent a text to her husband the next morning and planned to meet him in Wyman Township the next day, but she never arrived.

Police ask anyone with information about Largay to call the Public Safety Dispatch Center in Augusta at 800-452-4664.

This story will be updated.

Jesse Scardina can be contacted at 861-9239 or at jscardina@mainetoday.com.

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