2013-08-28 / Front Page

Latest search efforts reveal nothing new

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

WESTERN MAINE — According to Maine Warden Service spokesperson Corporal John MacDonald, a small-scale search was conducted on and around the Appalachian Trail Aug. 22. The search was conducted within a 4.2-square mile area where missing hiker Geraldine “Gerry” Largay is believed to be.

Largay’s husband, George, dropped her off at the trailhead in Sandy River Plantation July 21. She sent a text to her husband that evening and again on the morning of July 22. Largay had planned to meet her husband at the trailhead in Wyman Township July 23. When she failed to arrive at their predetermined meeting place by the afternoon of July 24, George contacted authorities. Largay was last known to be between Lone Mountain and the Spaulding Mountain lean-to.

In a press release dated Aug. 4, the last day of an 11- day large scale search effort, MacDonald stated, “At the conclusion of today’s search efforts there was no new attributing evidence or information found as to Geraldine’s location. Game wardens will continue to investigate all leads. In the event new information becomes available, local wardens and Maine Association of Search and Rescue searchers will be used to search those areas.”

“No new evidence has been found and there are no new plans for searches at this time,” MacDonald stated of the Aug. 22 search.

Largay is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighs 115 pounds and was last seen wearing a black pullover shirt, tan pants, a blue hat and a black-and-green backpack. Anyone with information is urged to call the Public Safety Dispatch Center in Augusta at 1-800-452-4664.

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