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7:20 AM, Jul 28, 2013   |    comments
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CARRABASSET VALLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Searchers are working against the clock in Western Maine as they try and find a missing hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Trail runs 2,180 miles from Georgia to Mt. Kathadin. While many people plan short tips along the trail, anyone who plans to hike an extended section spends a lot of time preparing. That was the case with Geraldine Largay of Tennessee.

Geraldine, who goes by Gerry, is an experienced hiker who was making her way along the trail from Harper's Ferry, West Virginia to Maine.

Largay's husband was traveling the route by car keeping in touch by cell phone and meeting up with her to pass on supplies.

George Largay last heard from his wife Monday morning.
She never made it to their next meeting point.

Wardens and searchers have been out all day looking for Largay between Mount Abram Township and Wyman Township.
That includes a section of the Appalachian Trail behind Sugarloaf Mountain.

We got a chance to talk to Largay at the Maine Warden Service command post at the base lodge at Sugar Loaf. Largay says he was supposed to meet up with his wife Monday in Wyman Township, neart Stratton, she never showed up. Her last text to him was 7:15 Monday morning, she told him she was leaving the lean-to on the trail and not to worry about supplies.

Largay says the rescue efforts and the fact that his wife had a tent with her and adequate supplies is helping him stay positive about her chances of being found alive.

'We started on this adventure, that's her word, 6 days after our 42 wedding anniversary she would use a lot of common sense to give herself the best chance of getting rescued. She absolutely would know that I would call in the calvary and throw in everything including the kitchen sink to find her in one piece.

Law enforcement officials want to talk to a woman who called the Spillover Motel in Stratton, where George Largay is staying.

The unidentified woman reportedly shared a lean to with Largay on the trail Tuesday night. If you have information about the unidentified hiker or Largay you are encouraged to call the State Police Dispatch Center in Augusta, that number is 1-800-452-4664.

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