One year since hiker disappeared on Appalachian Trail in Maine

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A year ago one of the largest searches in Maine history was launched after a hiker failed to meet up with her husband at a spot along the Appalachian Trail in Franklin County.

Hiking the trail was a bucket list activity for 66-year Gerry Largay of Brentwood, Tennessee. She had hiked nearly a thousand miles when she mysteriously vanished on July 22nd. Despite numerous search efforts involving game wardens, search and rescue teams and volunteers, there has been no sign of the missing hiker.

"It's very unusual, in fact out of all the searches we had last year ,which is over 400, she's the only person who is still missing", said Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service. The location has hampered both the search effort and the investigation from the start.

The terrain made it tough for searches to get to locations and to do their jobs. And the mobility of the hikers on the trail made it tough tracking down people who may have seen her.

"You had a very unique area where everything we tried to do was logistically tough", said Adam.

A year later wardens have not given up. A few weeks ago searchers went back into the woods. But like the other efforts before, this one too yielded no trace of her.

"We just want to get to the end of this mystery and provide closure to the family", said Adam.

Wardens plan to resume their search in early September. They hope to find that one spot that will answer the question, what happened to Gerry Largay?


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