UPDATE: Gerry 'Inchworm' Largay still missing on AT; search intensifies
About 30 searchers will continue to look for missing Brentwood woman Geraldine "Gerry" Largay. Searchers include Maine game wardens, Mahoosuc SAR, US Border Patrol and the Maine Forest Service.
Largay, who has spent the summer working to mark off thru-hiking the 2,100-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine from her bucket list, has not been seen since last Monday.
The search area for Largay has narrowed to a 14-mile section of the trail between Lone Mountain in Mount Abram TWP north to Route 27 in Wyman TWP. Maine Warden Service narrowed the area of highest probability to a 9-mile trail section between Lone Mountain north and the Caribou Valley Road intersection with the trail.
To date, K9 units have covered 56.2 miles in the search for Largay. Ground searchers, or Hasty/Grid Teams, have covered 300.2 miles, horse teams have covered 26.9 miles and aircrafts have covered 338.
Those with any information should call the Maine State Police Communications Center in Augusta at (207) 624-7076 or 1-800-452-4664 (Maine only).
|Geraldine "Gerry" Largay|
On Saturday, Maine Game Warden investigators released the “trail names” of several thru hikers who may have seen or walked with Largay before she disappeared.
Largay’s trail name is “Inchworm.” Thru-hikers often select monikers which they use to sign trail registries along the route. The wardens are looking for information from hikers whose trail names are: “Cowboy,” “Marathon,” “Postman,” “Breeze,” “Paranoid,” “Crunchmaster,” “Harpo/Groucho,” “Ice Pack/SOBO ’13,” ” Luke 11:9,” “Sandman,” “BBTGR” and “.com/Queen.”
The wardens hope to verify if Largay was seen between two specific lean-tos on the AT. They also want to confirm if she stayed in the Spaulding Mountain lean to overnight on July 22-23.
Largay is an experienced hiker who long wanted to complete the entire length of the trail, according to interviews with her husband George Largay who has been serving as her support person along the route. Her current trek began in Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters.
According to Maine Warden Service spokesperson Cpl. John MacDonald, game wardens on ATVs, with K9 units and an aircraft have been joined by Maine forest rangers, Maine search and rescue teams including a horseback search team, the US Border Patrol and members of the Civil Air Patrol with their CAP helicopter.
Women make up 25 percent of those who complete the trail each year, according to the AT Conservancy, which works to preserve and manage the trail.