The shocking discovery of a lonely tent in one of the state’s most remote regions stopped a camera crew in their tracks.
The crew, who were coming through the woods decided to investigate the silent pod, upon moving some of the possessions which had been sealed inside, they found a journal in which heart wrenching entries had been penned.
However, it wasn’t until they noticed who the journal belonged to that they came to the shocking realisation that they may have just uncovered the fate of a hiker, who had been missing for two years.
Geraldine Largay had always loved to hike the Appalachian Trail, one of the world’s most famous trails which extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. She had literally gone off the beaten track at the age of 66, when she mysteriously disappeared.
Taking the plunge in 2013, Geraldine decided to follow her dreams and set off with a travelling companion with the aim of completing the mighty trail. The mother-of-one from Brentwood, Tennessee certainly had a task on her hands.
However, after a hefty chunk of their journey, Geraldine’s hiking partner received news of a family emergency, forcing him to leave the trail, and her behind. It was this terrible milestone which marked the first of her bad decisions, however, she was determined to continue the journey alone.
It was on 22nd July she made her next error, when in search of a space to rest and relieve herself, she strayed from the trail. However, the dense forest swallowed the lone hiker up, and Largay soon became lost.
On that fateful day, Geraldine had text her husband George to let him know she was in trouble. In an attempt to describe where she was she had said she was somewhere north of Woods Road and requested he contact the Appalachian Mountain Club for help.
Unfortunately, due to how rural the area was, a lack of phone signal meant that George had never received his wife’s text. The problem continued the next day, when she had attempted to send him a message reiterating she was lost and asked him to call the police.
As George hadn’t heard anything from his wife by the 24th July, he took action and reported Geraldine missing. This would mark the beginning of one of the largest search and rescue operations the Maine Warden Service would ever conduct.
The huge teams of volunteers and wardens started by scouring the countryside surrounding the trail for any signs of Geraldine. The hundreds of people had eventually covered an area of 23 square miles, which included some of the region’s most remote terrain.