When You Find My Body: The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail

When You Find My Body: The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail

When Geraldine "Gerry" Largay (AT trail name, Inchworm) first went missing on the Appalachian Trail in remote western Maine in 2013, the people of Maine were wrought with concern. When she was not found, the family, the wardens, and the Navy personnel who searched for her were devastated. The Maine Warden Service continued to follow leads for more than a year. They never completely gave up the search. Two years after her disappearance, her bones and scattered possessions were found by chance by two surveyors. She was on the U.S. Navy's SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School land, about 2,100 feet from the Appalachian Trail. This book tells the story of events preceding Geraldine Largay's vanishing in July 2013, while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, what caused her to go astray, and the massive search and rescue operation that followed. Her disappearance sparked the largest lost-person search in Maine history, which culminated in her being presumed dead. She was never again seen alive. The author was one of the hundreds of volunteers who searched for her. Gerry's story is one of heartbreak, most assuredly, but is also one of perseverance, determination, and faith. For her family and the searchers, especially the Maine Warden Service, it is also a story of grave sorrow. Marrying the joys and hardship of life in the outdoors, as well as exploring the search & rescue community, When You Find My Body examines dying with grace and dignity. There are lessons in the story, both large and small. Lessons that may well save lives in the future.

Title:When You Find My Body: The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail
ISBN:9781608936908
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  • Valerity (Val)

    Gerry Largay had a dream to hike the Appalachian Trail and at age sixty-six she was thrilled to finally be doing it. She’d started out hiking with her good friend Jane Lee, and Gerry’s husband Geo...

  • Linda Strong

    Geraldine Largay hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013. That's where she disappeared. She was presumed dead after a year of searches produced no body, no clues to what happened. This case became the lar...

  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    When You Find My Body is the story of Geraldine (Gerry) Largay, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who disappeared in 2013. I was very excited to see this book is coming out, as my husband and I are avid...

  • Sabine

    This is a very good book that any hiker or person that enters the woods should read. Without being boring or lecturing the reader it makes very clear that basic skills like being able to use a compass...

  • Dianna Weigel

    This is an excellent account of the events leading up to the disappearance of Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay and the subsequent two-year search efforts by Maine officials, rescue teams, volu...

  • Diane

    I read this book in 2 days, I could not put it down. It tells the heartbreaking story of Geraldine Largay, who disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2013. Even though, I knew the outcome, ...

  • Sheri Joyce

    Being unfamiliar with the story of Gerry Largay and the Appalachian Trail but a true crime and mystery fan, I was excited to read this book. This story is a sad one and a cautionary tale to hikers eve...

  • Jack Daley

    Gripping story. It’s not only about a lost hiker: it’s also about an inspiring women, a fascinating navy base deep in the Maine woods, a complex search and rescue operation, and the culture of the...

  • Thomas

    One of the local AT thru hikers, AKA Blueberry, mentioned that she read this book in one day. It took me two days complete, the same as my wife who read it immediately after I did. The book is well ph...

  • Jennie

    I have been interested in the Appalachian trail since I first heard about it in the late 90's, and have even backpacked some of it. This story saddens me as I can relate (as many hikers can) to the dr...