Missing Appalachian Trail Hikers Last Request, “When You Find My Body, Please Contact My Husband And Daughter”

A 66-year-old hiker who was found dead two years after she went missing on the Appalachian Trail kept a journal of her ordeal after getting lost in the wilderness. Geraldine Largay, from Brentwood, Tennessee, left a heartbreaking note to whoever found her remains begging them to call her husband and daughter to let them know she had died.

The last entry, dated on August 28 2013, reveals she survived for at least 26 days after she got lost while going off the trail to relieve herself.  On one torn-out page, dated August 6, Largay wrote: ‘When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry.

Her skeletal remains were discovered by the Maine Warden Service on October 16 on property owned by the U.S. Navy in Redington, three miles away from where she was last seen

‘It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me – no matter how many years from now.  ‘Please find it in your heart to mail the contents of this bag to one of them.’ Inside the bag was her cellphone and the journal.


In a 1,500-page report into her death, seen by the Boston Globe, the Maine Warden Service reveal Largay attempted to text her husband after getting lost, but the messages never went through because of poor reception.

Wardens believe Largay went to higher ground in an attempt to get better signal before making camp on a raised knoll.

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