WYMAN TOWNSHIP, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Friends and hikers continue to look for a missing woman from Tennessee lost on the Appalachian Trial, despite the official search and rescue effort being postponed until Sunday.
Gerry Largay has not been heard from since a week ago Monday when she sent a text to her husband asking him to meet her at a parking area just off the trail past Sugarloaf Mountain.
Two of Largay's hiking friends just arrived in Maine this morning to try to find her. No one feels worse about Largay's disappearance than Jane Lee. She started on this bucket list adventure with Largay in April and hiked 800-miles with her. But a family obligation made her get off the trail in New Hampshire, leaving her friend to continue on her own.
"I can't imagine hiking again. I've never hiked a long hike without her ever. We're partners. I can't imagine hiking without her", Lee said.
Lee and Kit Parks followed news of the search from their homes down South. No longer able to sit at home the two jumped in their car and headed to Maine arriving this morning. Knowing how their friend hikes, when she starts in the morning and ends at night, they've decided to follow her trail in hopes of finding her.
"If anyone knows how Gerry thinks, it's this woman (referring to Lee). She spent three months on the trial with her. So we thought we'd go out", said Parks.
Lee and Parks say they are pleased and grateful for all the efforts of the searchers in Maine. They say their dedication is as if they're looking for one of their own.