Geraldine Largay – The Lost Hiker With Heartbreaking Note

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In the summer of 2013, officials in Maine launched one the most exhaustive missing person searches in the state’s history, reports the Washington Post. They were looking for Geraldine Largay, a 66-year-old hiker who’d gotten lost while traveling the Appalachian Trail.

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(Source: bostonglobe)

(Source: bostonglobe)

It appears that Largay, who was 66 and lived in Tennessee, survived for nearly four weeks after she was reported missing and three weeks after authorities had given up the search. Her body was found by a forester working on an environmental impact statement stumbled upon her corpse on October 2015.

(Source: dailymail)

(Source: dailymail)

On her remaining skeletal, also found a compass, trail map, emergency whistle and a bag containing a cellphone and the journal. Geraldine Largay wrote the plaintive message to her family nearly two weeks after she went missing while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Western Maine. It appears that she survived for nearly seven weeks after she was reported missing.

In her journal Largay wrote, “When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry. It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me — no matter how many years from now. Please find it in your heart to mail the contents of this bag to one of them.”

(Source: pressherald)

(Source: pressherald)

Largay attempted to text her husband after becoming lost, but the crucial texts were not delivered because of poor cell reception.

In a text sent at 11:01 a.m. on July 22, 2013, Largay said, “In somm trouble. Got off trail to go to br. Now lost. Can u call AMC to c if a trail maintainer can help me. Somewhere north of woods road. XOX.”

At 4:18 p.m. on July 23, 2013, after spending her first night lost in the forest, she texted George, “Lost since yesterday. Off trail 3 or 4 miles. Call police for what to do pls. XOX.”

She attempted additional texts. According to the wardens, the last activity on her phone was dated Aug. 6, 2013, the day she wrote the note to her family.

It’s believed Largay died “from exposure and lack of food.” (Source: Boston Globe)

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