“When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,” Geraldine  Largay, 66, wrote in her diary after she became lost while hiking in Maine.”

Geraldine Largay

Dear Commons Community,

Today is the beginning of the Memorial Day Weekend when many Americans will be traveling around the country for mini-vacations and visits with family and friends.  A popular activity will be to enjoy the outdoors for hiking, camping, boating, etc.  Various media are reporting the sad story of 66-year old Geraldine Largay, who became lost and died while hiking the Appalachian Trail.  Her body was not found until two years later.   The last entry in her journal was:

“When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,”

As reported by the Washington Post:

In the summer of 2013, officials in Maine launched one the most exhaustive missing person searches in the state’s history

They were looking for Geraldine Largay, a 66-year-old hiker who’d gotten lost while traveling the Appalachian Trail.

Sadly, she wasn’t located until years later. Among the deceased woman’s belongings was a note reading, “When you find my body, please call my husband and daughter.”

That and other tragic details about what ended up being her final days were recently revealed in a more than 1,500-page report about the incident, according to the Boston Globe.

Among the more shocking discoveries is that Largay lived for nearly 4 weeks after she’d lost track of the trail.

Though she’d tried to send text messages to her husband, she was unable to get a strong enough signal.

It’s believed Largay died “from exposure and lack of food.”

Both her remains and the campsite she’d set up atop a knoll were found by Maine wardens over 2 years later.

A sad story indeed!



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