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3 Years Later, Body of Missing Hiker Found with a Note

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‘When you find my body, please call my husband,’ wrote a missing hiker to her husband just before her death.

For the sad and lost story that seemed to have no answer for nearly three years, a final chapter was written.

Geraldine Largay had first gone missing on July 23rd, 2012 after she became lost off the Appalachian Trail as she was trying to go to the bathroom, according to her cell phone records. It had appeared she had tried to send several text messages over the span of a few days, unfortunately none being delivered.

According to the Washington Post, Largay, 66, had gone missing and authorities had conducted extensive searches over the course of three weeks. Largay had run low on food and water and four weeks after she had gone missing passed away, but not before leaving a letter for whomever found her remains.

Geraldine pictured here with her husband Gerry. Image from USA Today
Geraldine pictured here with her husband Gerry. Image from USA Today

“When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry.” She wrote in her notebook with the date of August 6, 2013 on the top of the page. “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.”

Among other things in Largay’s bag, were her journal and cell phone. The journal held daily thoughts and love notes to her husband Gerry. The last note dating August 10th, 2013 with one more entry, unsure of it’s accuracy, dating August 18th, 2013.

Beginning the second to last chapter of her story, Maine authorities stated the belief of the remains of Geraldine Largay were found in October 2015.

With the official medical examiner’s report and the heart breaking news, her husband Gerry and family now have closure. The contents were returned to her husband including a black composition notebook that read, “Gerry please read. Xoxo.”

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3 Years Later, Body of Missing Hiker Found with a Note