Search now extensively scaled back for missing hiker Geraldine Largay
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Ranger Shane Nichols is shown here during a search operation earlier this week. - Contributed photo / Maine Warden Service
Ranger Shane Nichols is shown here during a search operation earlier this week. - Contributed photo / Maine Warden Service
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The bottom photo shows Geraldine Largay in her black rain jacket which she was likely wearing in the rain on Tuesday, July 23. This photo was taken Saturday, July 20 in Sandy River Plantation at the intersection of Route 4. - Contributed photo / courtesy of the Maine Warden Service.
The bottom photo shows Geraldine Largay in her black rain jacket which she was likely wearing in the rain on Tuesday, July 23. This photo was taken Saturday, July 20 in Sandy River Plantation at the intersection of Route 4. - Contributed photo / courtesy of the Maine Warden Service.
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Aug. 4 UPDATE: At the conclusion of today’s search efforts, the Maine Warden Service issued a statement that no new evidence or information has been found as to missing Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay's location. Therefore, the search will be extensively scaled back.

Today’s search involved approximately 115 searchers that included Maine game wardens and MASAR search volunteers, according to a press release from the Warden Service. Searcher were concentrated in an area approximately 4.2 miles square. This search area had been established based on several pieces of information gathered from hikers. Searchers also included game wardens, MASAR foot searchers and both K9 and horseback teams.

Game wardens will continue to investigate all leads. In the event new information becomes available, local wardens and MASAR searchers will be used to search those areas. Those with any information are asked to call the Public Safety Dispatch Center Augusta at 207-624-7076 or 1-800-452-4664 (Maine only).

July 29 UPDATE: The search continues. Approximately 30 searchers will be out today, according to a press release from the Maine Warden Service. Searchers today will include Maine game wardens, Mahoosuc SAR, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Maine Forest Service. The high probability search area is approximately eight miles on the Appalachian Trail. It begins about one-half mile south of the Caribou Valley Road and extends south to Route 27, near Rangeley; encompassing roughly 81 square miles. Those with any information should call the Maine State Police Communications Center in Augusta at 207-624-7076 or 1-800-452-4664 (Maine only).

July 27 UPDATE: Maine game wardens are seeking information concerning missing hiker Geraldine Largay from the following hikers using the trail names: “Cowboy,” “Marathon," “Postman,” “Breeze,” “Paranoid,” “Crunchmaster," “Harpo/Groucho," “Ice Pack/SOBO ’13,” "Luke 11:9,” “Sandman,” “BBTGR,” and “.com/Queen.” Largay uses the trail name "Inchworm." Warden investigators need to speak with the listed hikers to determine and verify if Largay was seen between the Poplar Ridge Lean-to and the Spaulding Mountain Lean-to on the Appalachian Trail. Warden investigators also need to verify if the missing hiker stayed overnight at the Spaulding Mountain Lean-to on Monday night, July 22 into Tuesday morning, July 23. The Warden Service also wants to inform bear baiters baiting in the search area to be on the lookout for Largay. Those with any information should call the Public Safety Communications Center in Augusta at 207-624-6076. or 1-800-452-4664

MOUNT ABRAM, Maine - No new information is available this evening , Friday, July 26, regarding missing hiker Geraldine Largay's location.

Today, approximately 60 people searched for Largay. A Maine Forest Service helicopter was utilized today as well.

Maine Warden Service fixed-wing aircraft was not used due to weather. A command post has been established at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort and will be utilized tomorrow.

Search efforts continue to concentrate on the Appalachian Trail north of the Spaulding lean-to in Mount Abram TWP toward the Route 27 crossing in Wyman TWP. (Mount Abram is located near Bethel, in western Maine.) Between those two points are numerous overlapping roads and trails. Search efforts will resume tomorrow morning. Information gathering and logistical planning will occur this evening.

Wardens continue to seek information as to the identity of the female hiker who reported staying at the Spaulding lean-to with Largay on Tuesday night.

Anyone with information regarding either Largay or the unknown female hiker is asked to call Augusta Public Safety Dispatch at 1-800-452-4664.